Monday, February 28, 2022 at 8:00 AM EST
Friday, March 4, 2022 at 5:00 PM EST

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St. Petersburg Bayfront Hilton 
333 1st St SE
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

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Gary Raulerson 
Tampa Bay Estuary Program 

Bay Area Scientific Information Symposium 7 - Association of National Estuary Programs 

The Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) is proud to host BASIS 7 in coordination with the annual Technological Transfer meeting of the Association of National Estuary Programs from Feb. 28 - Mar. 4 in downtown St. Petersburg, FL. The forum will share cutting-edge science, research, education, management, and policy findings to provide a comprehensive understanding of the Tampa Bay watershed and improve estuary management throughout the nation.

BASIS7-ANEP attendees are requested to follow updated public health recommendations issued by the CDC for COVID-19.

Session topics include:

  • Coastal Acidification: Trends, Controls, Responses and Monitoring Lessons Learned
  • Communicating Risks Associated with Fecal Indicator Bacteria
  • Community-Based Science
  • Debris Monitoring
  • Development, Growth, and Land Use Change
  • Ecological Impacts of Short-Term, Episodic Events
  • Ecosystem Services
  • Emerging Contaminants
  • Fish & Wildlife
  • Harmful Algal Blooms
  • Macroalgae Workshop Follow-Up
  • Novel Restoration Efforts
  • Planning for Climate Change and Sea-Level Rise: Ecosystems and Infrastructure
  • Shellfish

Several workshops will occur (please note that the Educator, Open Science, and NEP Directors workshops are in parallel, please only sign up for one of them):

  • Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion (JEDI) & Accessibility: Best practices for NEP Educators & Digital Communicators (Monday afternoon)Applying education and communication best practices the support justice, equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility within our watersheds requires honest reflection, attentive listening, and frequent workflow adjustments. In doing so, we can produce better initiatives that benefit diverse groups of people, acknowledging varied backgrounds and meeting unique needs. This workshop will help NEP educators and digital communicators establish more inclusive practices and lean on web-based learning approaches to increase the reach and accessibility of their efforts.
  • Open Science: Core concepts for impactful research and resource management (Monday afternoon): Overview of core Open Science concepts, with hands-on experience using collaborative tools to create better science in less time.  The target audience is anyone interested in applying Open Science in their own workflows as part of a larger research and resource management team. BYOL (Bring Your Own Laptop)!
  • ANEP Directors Meeting (tentative, Monday, all day)
  • ANEP Administrative Discussion (Date/Time TBD)

A block of rooms is available at the Bayfront Hilton

Field trips are historically a component of the ANEP technological transfer meetings, and are being offered on Wednesday afternoon (allowing for time to return before the plenary). We will open them up to the general group if space is available. See the links below for additional information, but

Do not register through these sites, we've got you covered ;0)

Options include:

  • Egmont Key - Take a relaxing ferry ride to Egmont Key with guided tour describing ecology and history of this barrier island includes beach, snorkeling and hiking opportunities. Description available here.  
  • Robinson Preserve and Perico Bayou - Manatee County staff will provide a tour of two coastal restoration sites that have undergone significant work over the past 15 years. Information available here.
  • Kayaking (or canoeing, or SUP) the Little Manatee River - Paddle one of the primary tributaries flowing into Tampa Bay. Information available here.

The program outline is available here. Information including basic schedule, hotel accomodations, and sponsorship opportunities are available.

Complimentary parking will be available at the Mahaffey garage across 1st Street S from the Hilton.

Registration will close in mid-February. Information regarding an online option for the conference will be released at a later date.

Please contact TBEP Ecologist Dr. Gary Raulerson (graulerson@tbep.org) with any comments or questions.