Sarasota Bay Watch

The Holiday Season is also Scallop Season! This is the beginning of Sarasota Bay Watch's 4th season of bay scallop restoration, which is glad tidings indeed! Together with Bay Shellfish Company and Mote Marine Laboratory, we recently collected 200 adult scallops from areas north of Sarasota-Manatee to use as brood stock. These adults have spawned [...]

Sarasota Bay Watch is thrilled to again receive generous support from our community through our 5th Annual Scallopalooza Scallop Restoration fundraiser. We had a tremendous turnout of friends, including Sarasota County Commissioner Hines, City Manager Barwin, Chief of Police DiPino, and Sustainability Manager Freeman-Montes. Also in attendance were heads of some of Sarasota's most influential [...]

Sarasota Bay Watch and its Gulf Coast Innovation Challenge partners were thrilled with the outpouring of interest and encouragement for the Living Shorelines Project and the Emerald Necklace Project (go to gulfcoastchallenge.org to see our 3 minute project videos and the other projects). While we are disappointed that these projects were not selected as Finalists [...]

Our Scallop Sanctuary Program is off to a great start!  We established 5 scallop sanctuaries around the bay using specially designed cages provided by Sarasota County, with each cage containing 30 young adult scallops.  These cages protect the growing scallops from predators and keep them together, which will be important this Fall when they mature and [...]

"Recently Sarasota Bay Watch partnered with Sarasota County and Bay Shellfish Co. to create scallop sanctuaries in Sarasota Bay. Sarasota County has developed, and loaned to SBW, special cages that protect scallops from predators while also keeping them together to increase the chances of successful of spawning in the Fall. Bay Shellfish Co. has been [...]

Sarasota Bay Watch has a busy schedule and full slate of activities! Late April found SBW volunteers partnering with Riverview High School students for the 5th Annual Skier's Island Cleanup and Invasive Plant Removal. RHS students have been a great and steadfast partner over the years and have really stepped up to become environmental stewards [...]

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