Located on the Gulf Coast of Florida, Tampa Bay is the state’s largest open-water estuary and its watershed covers nearly 2,400 square miles. It stretches from the springfed headwaters of the Hillsborough River to the white sand beaches and scrub forests of Fort DeSoto, recently ranked as the number one beach in the United States. Along the way, freshwater and saltwater mix creating ideal habitats such as seagrass and mangroves where 70% of fish, shellfish, and crustacean species spend a part of their lives. Tampa Bay is home to around 40,000 pairs of wading and shore birds, one-sixth of the Gulf Coast population of Florida manatees, and more than 200 species of fish (Tampa Bay Estuary Program, 2006). These ingredients combine to create an immensely beautiful place where both locals and tourists depend on clean water for world class recreation including fishing, boating, and kayaking.
Andrew Hayslip is Tampa Bay’s Waterkeeper. Andrew received his undergraduate degree in Geography and Urban Planning from Florida State University and his Master’s of Science in Environmental Science and Policy at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. Prior to joining the Waterkeeper Alliance, Andrew worked to protect and conserve Florida’s natural resources at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. He also has a background in land use planning where he worked with local governments to make places more livable and sustainable. Most recently, he served as the Watauga Riverkeeper while working with MountainTrue in Boone, North Carolina. Andrew lives in St. Petersburg, Florida with his wife, daughter, and chocolate lab.
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