Tarpon Bay

Lng: -82.063099 Lat: 26.467907Back to site data


Tarpon Bay is a 930 acre estuarine water body connected to southern Pine Island Sound, located 8.5 km from Shell Point. Tarpon Bay is located within the J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) on Sanibel Island, Florida and contains one of a few marine 'wilderness' areas in the U.S. Today, a large portion of Tarpon Bay is dominated by sandflats, oyster reefs, and seagrasses. Once known for its incredible fishing (e.g., the first tarpon caught on rod and reel, c. 1885) and very healthy habitats, the quality of fishing and associated habitats are in decline. Its bay scallop (Argopecten irradians) population has virtually disappeared. The Lab has been involved in scallop monitoring and restoration efforts in Tarpon Bay and adjacent Pine Island Sound (PIS) since 2003. The addition of this RECON station, in conjunction with water quality, oyster reef, and seagrass research that the Lab is conducting within the Refuge.

Support for this RECON is provided by SCCF and its membership to assist with ongoing and future collaborative research efforts with J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) scientific staff and visiting researchers working with the SCCF Marine Lab.