Sarasota Bay Watch

Sarasota Bay Watch has extended its education and community outreach activities to engage elementary school children. Recently, we visited over 70 4th grade students to learn about filter feeders in the bay, scallop life cycle, etc. The 4th graders also watched a high school student produced video on restoration, and were captivated by live scallops [...]

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 [...]

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