Sarasota Bay Watch Happenings by Larry Stults

In 2013 Sarasota Bay Watch and its volunteers accomplished the following:

On The Water Events
1st Annual Cleanup of the Jim Neville Marine Preserve with Pineview School marine club students – 80 person hours, plus 9 kayaks and 1 canoe;

3rd Annual Skier’s Island Cleanup with RHS National Honor Society students – 110 person hours, plus 3 power boats and one kayak;

5th Annual Sister Keys Clean up – 560 person hours, plus Marine Patrol, Town of LBK workers, water taxi service, 8 personal power boats, 2 kayaks;

3rd Annual Scallopalooza – 200 people in attendance, netted about $25,000 for our Scallop Restoration Project – 70 person hours;

6th Annual Scallop Search – 620 person hours, plus 30 personal power boats and 5 kayaks;

1st Annual Midnight Pass Fishing Line Cleanup with Sarasota Crew – 100 person hours, plus 6 Crew skiffs and one personal power boats; and

4th Annual Fishing Line Cleanup – 320 person hours, plus 8 personal power boats, and 4 kayaks.

Scallop Restoration Project
Scallop Restoration Project scallop releases – 6 releases of approximately 26 million scallop larvae and over 100,000 juvenile scallops, as well as scientific data collection – 230 person hours, plus various personal power boats and stand up paddle boards.

Thanks to all of our SBW volunteers, partner organizations and local businesses that helped make 2013 a tremendous success!

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