Tampa Bay Watch has completed a community-based shoreline restoration project, in partnership with Audubon Florida, to help stabilize the shoreline of Whiskey Stump Key (WSK) and expand oyster communities in Hillsborough Bay. 65 tons of shell bags and 765 concrete oyster reef balls have been installed creating approximately 7,400 ft² of new oyster habitat.
WSK is of great historical importance, at one time serving as the island home for the very first Audubon Sanctuary Warden in Tampa Bay. The warden’s presence ensured that the adjacent bird colony on Green Key was protected from the ravages of the plume hunters in the area. Due to its location near shipping channels and areas of broad open water to the west, northwest, and north of the island, WSK is susceptible to wakes from increased boat and shipping traffic, as well as from storm driven waves which is of concern in terms of increased erosion along these shorelines.