Sarasota Bay Watch is a grass-roots, non-profit, citizen-based organization dedicated to preserving and restoring Sarasota Bay’s ecosystem through education and citizen participation. You can become an active participant by joining as a member and volunteering in Sarasota Bay Watch’s on-going effort to protect and restore this valuable natural resource.

Core Values

Action – Our goal is to initiate innovative and effective action grounded in selfless and comprehensive planning to assure the sustainability of Sarasota Bay, its stakeholders and all its inhabitants. Collaboration – It is our objective to establish collaborative relationships with other environmental organizations, scientists, and NGO’s. We strive to forge partnerships that allow Sarasota Bay Watch to accomplish its goals while enhancing the effectiveness of every person and group that benefits from the natural assets of the Bay system.

Commitment – We are committed to accomplish our mission because of a shared love of the estuarine environment, knowing full well that it supports our economy, our health and an ineffable legacy for future generations.  It is our belief that sustainable ecosystems are essential for the wellbeing of human communities, and that our goals can be accomplished through citizen action that is guided by sound science.

Integrity – Sarasota Bay Watch is committed to an openness and honesty that fosters a culture of sincerity and trust.  We strive to attain tangible and measurable results through relationships and methods that hold to the highest ethical and financial standards.

Respect – We vow to respect the opinions of our members, volunteers, donors and co-workers.  We will also respect the views of those with whom we may disagree, and strive to reach consensus through dialogue, transparency, and collaboration.

Sustainability – We believe a sustainable ecosystem to be one that most closely resembles its natural state absent human influences, and to the greatest extent possible, one that maintains its balance of species and habitat quality in harmony with human communities.  This requires both the education and active stewardship of our human communities.


Who We Are