scallops

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 [...]

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 [...]