John Stevely works in the rapidly developing Tampa and Sarasota Bay area. This region includes one of the largest estuarine systems in Florida. He conducts marine extension educational programs dealing with the issues of fisheries habitat loss, planning and management of artificial reefs program, estuarine water quality, fisheries and natural resource management. Due to his expertise in sponge biology and fisheries management he has also been involved in evaluating the recovery of the sponge resources in the Florida Bay region following a devastating sponge mortality. He works closely with recreational and commercial fishermen, boaters, resource managers, researchers, local governments and waterfront property owners.