BLACKFIN TUNA Key West, Florida on May 4th, 1996 by Angler, Sam J. Burnett 45lbs 8oz
AMBERJACK Challenger Bank, Bermuda, August 16th, 1992 by Angler, Larry Trott 155lbs 22oz
COBIA Shark Bay, W. Australia, July 9th, 1985 by Angler, Peter W. Goulding 135lbs 9oz
RED SNAPPER In the Gulf of Mexico, Louisiana, June 23rd, 1996 by Captain Doc Kennedy 50lbs 4oz
TARPON Sherbro lsland, Sierra Leone, April 16th, 1991 by Angler, Yvon Victor Sebag  283lbs 4oz
PERMIT Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, June 30th, 1997 byAngler, Thomas Sebestyen 56lbs 2oz
WAHOO At Loreto, Baja California, Mexico, June 10th, 1996 by Angler, Keith Winter 158lbs 8oz
BLACKTIP SHARK Kenya, 1995, by Angler, Unknown 270lbs 9oz
HAMMERHEAD SHARK Sarasota, Florida, May 30th, 1982 by Angler, Allen Ogle 991lbs 0oz
SNOOK Parismina Ranch, Costa Rica, 1978, Angler, Unknown 53lbs 10oz
SPOTTED SEATROUT Ft. Pierce, Florida,  May 11th, 1995 by Angler, Craig F. Carson 17lbs  7oz
BARRACUDA Christmas Island, Republic of Kiribati, April, 11th, 1992 by Angler, John W. Helfrich 85lbs
BONEFISH Zululand, South Africa, May 26th, 1962 by Angler, Brian W. Batchelor 19lbs
BONITO Malibu, California, July 30th, 1978 by Angler, Gino M. Picciolo  29lbs  3oz
JACK CREVALLE Barra do Kwanza, Angola, December 10th, 2000 by Angler, Nuno A.P. da Silva  58lbs  6oz
WARSAW GROUPER Gulf of Mexico, Destin, Florida, December 22nd, 1985 by Angler, Steve Haeusler  436lbs 12oz
KING MACKEREL San Juan, Puerto Rico, April 18th, 1999 by Angler, Steve Perez Graulau  93lbs
MAKO SHARK Chatham, Massechusets, July 21th, 2001 by Angler, Luke Sweeney  1221lbs
ROOSTER FISH La Paz, Baja Calififornia, Mexico, June 1st, 1960 by Angler, Abe Sackheim  114lbs
YELLOWFIN TUNA San Benedicto Island, Mexico, April 1st, 1977 by Anglers, Curt Wiesenhutter & Luke Sweeney  388lbs 12oz


Tampa Bay, Florida's largest open-water estuary, stretches 398 square miles at high tide. Popular for sport and recreation, the bay also supports one of the world's most productive natural systems. Estuaries like Tampa Bay, where salt water from the sea and fresh water from rivers and uplands mix, are nurseries for young fish, shrimp, and crabs.

More than 70 percent of all fish, shellfish, and crustaceans spend some critical stage of their development in these nearshore waters, protected from larger predators that swim the open sea. Wildlife abounds along the shores of Tampa Bay. As many as 40,000 pairs of birds - from the familiar Brown Pelican to the colorful Roseate Spoonbill - nest in Tampa Bay every year. Others, including Sandpipers and White Pelicans, are seasonal visitors. The bay is also home to Dolphins, Sea Turtles, and Manatees. After decades of pollution, Tampa Bay is coming back to life, again assuming its position as the shimmering economic and environmental centerpiece of the vibrant Southwest Florida region.


Tampa Bay was designated an "estuary of national significance" by Congress in 1990, paving the way for development of a long-term blueprint for bay restoration through the Tampa Bay National Estuary Program. Tampa Bay is one of 28 estuaries in the National Estuary Program; others in Florida are Sarasota Bay, Charlotte Harbor and Indian River Lagoon.

The Tampa Bay National Estuary Program (TBNEP) was established in 1991 as a partnership of Hillsborough, Manatee and Pinellas counties; the cities of Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater; the Southwest Florida Water Management District; the Florida Department of Environmental Protection; and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


In 1998, these and six other partners signed a formal Interlocal Agreement, and ancillary agreements, pledging to achieve the goals of the newly completed Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP) for Tampa Bay, called Charting The Course. The Plan culminated nearly six years of scientific research into the bay's most pressing problems, and reflected broad-based input from citizens, groups and communities with a common interest in a healthy bay as the cornerstone of a prosperous economy.

Upon adoption of the Interlocal Agreement, the Tampa Bay National Estuary Program became simply the Tampa Bay Estuary Program, in recognition of its reorganization as a truly regional alliance. TBEP continues to coordinate the overall protection and restoration of the bay with assistance and support from its many formal and informal partners.

TBEP monitors progress in achieving the goals of the CCMP by regularly summarizing and evaluating information provided by program participants. In 2006, TBEP released the first revision of Charting The Course, assessing progress in implementing the Plan's original goals, and incorporating new or emerging action areas.

TBEP leverages the resources of program partners by financing cutting-edge research into key problems impacting the bay; sponsoring demonstration projects to test innovative solutions to these problems; providing "Mini-Grants" to community groups to engage the public in bay restoration; and developing educational programs targeting key segments of the bay community - including teachers, boaters and homeowners.


Tampa Bay Estuary Program

Please Visit the Tampa Bay Estuary Program Website at for more information.