Port partners and other dedicated community volunteers safely removed trash and marine debris from 23 sites in and around our port. In addition, 30,000 pounds of invasive plant species were removed. While the majority of this debris originated from outside of the port, the Port Tampa Bay maritime community is dedicated to doing their part to eliminate marine debris and support trash-free waters in Tampa Bay.
In 2021, the first-ever Great Port Clean-up won the American Association of Port Authorities’ Lighthouse Award of Excellence for Environmental Enhancement and served as a model for seaports throughout the Western Hemisphere. Additionally in 2022, Port Tampa Bay was honored with the top environmental honor from Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful for making a significant impact to their mission and received the Outstanding Partnership Award from Keep Florida Beautiful.