Sarasota Bay Watch

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 [...]

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 [...]

Sarasota Bay Watch has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF). The conservation grant recognizes Sarasota Bay Watch’s efforts to restore scallops to our local bays and waterways. Sarasota Bay Watch President Jeff Birnbach says, “This generous support from the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund underscores the importance of protecting and [...]

Sarasota Bay Watch hosted its 4th Annual Scallopalooza to raise funds for scallop restoration in Sarasota Bay. The event was again a sell-out affair with over 180 people attending. Guest Speaker and local historian John McCarthy regaled the audience with tales of scallops and life in early Sarasota. Each table had a 1000 ml beaker [...]

4th Annual Scallopalooza Sarasota Bay Watch’s 4th Annual Scallopalooza is proof that the people, businesses, organizations and institutions of Manatee and Sarasota Counties can come together to tackle a large, long term marine restoration project. Sarasota Bay Watch was formed around a single guiding principal – working together as a community to improve and protect [...]

Cord Grass: The First Step In Shoreline Restoration Check out the new sign at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens! It's all about shoreline restoration, promoting mangrove colonization and the importance of the intertidal zone to the health of our bays. Sarasota Bay Watch partnered with Marie Selby Botanical Gardens and START to create a sign highlighting the cord grass [...]