St. Andrew and St. Joseph Bays Estuary Program at FSU Panama City launches community survey

Jan Waddy

The St. Andrew and St. Joseph Bays Estuary Program (SASJBEP) at Florida State University Panama City, in partnership with the University of West Florida, has launched a community survey to determine resident and visitor perceptions, concerns, values and uses of the bays.

The SASJBEP mission is to collaborate — as representatives of private, public, and non-governmental stakeholders — to improve the common sense, science-based understanding of the needs of the estuary and to develop, promote, and implement projects that protect and restore the health of the bays. Funded by The Nature Conservancy and Bay County, SASJBEP is developing a Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP), which will serve as a blueprint for action over a 10-year period. The CCMP will be the catalyst for large scale collaborative efforts and will identify priority issues, projects, partners and funding. 

Participant feedback through the survey will help inform SASJBEP’s development of the CCMP and future decisions across the watershed. Survey participants must be 18 or older. Scan the QR Code below or access the SURVEY here to begin. For more information, visit and follow the program @SASJBEP.