Sarasota Bay Watch is pleased to announce that it has received a 2014/2015 Special Activity License from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. This permit allows Sarasota Bay Watch to release up to 40 million scallop larvae in Manatee and Sarasota waters. Adult brood stock have already been collected from Florida’s pan handle region and are being prepared for spawning at the hatchery. We are looking forward to an exciting 3rd year of bay scallop restoration!
SBW has also been busy connecting with the community and supporting environmental youth leadership development through the Sarasota Water Festival at Ken Thompson Park, the Fall Family Festival hosted by the Conservation Foundation and Historic Spanish Point and the Youth Ocean Conservation Summit hosted by Mote Marine Laboratory. SBW had live scallops on display and promoted scallop restoration via a scallop shell necklace beading activity that engaged kid’s of all ages.”