Sarasota Bay Watch

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 [...]

February winds and weather can't stop Sarasota Bay Watch volunteers from getting out on the water!  This month a group of professional park rangers and landscape managers bring their expertise to bear on removing invasive and exotic plants from Sister Keys, the largest group of natural waterway islands in Sarasota Bay.  About 5 years ago [...]

In 2014 Sarasota Bay Watch volunteers donated over 2500 hours of time and supporters contributed over $50,000 of funds and services, including $25,000 from the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund. SBW hosted 6 on-the-water volunteer events, worked with a wide range of new partners and old friends, participated at a number of environmental festivals and engaged [...]