seagrass

On Friday the 24th of February, Sarasota Bay Watch assisted the Gulf Shellfish Institute in "planting" 400,000 juvenile clams at Port Manatee. When they reach an adult stage they will help to restore depleted clam populations and promote sea grass growth. SBW is gaining experience for their upcoming restoration project. Separately SBW partner Bay Shellfish [...]

March was Seagrass Awareness Month in Florida. The designation began in 2001, in an effort to explain to the public why seagrass was important and should be protected. Seagrass is not visible to most people and the role they play in the ecosystem is not understood. Seagrasses are grass like flowering plants found submerged in [...]

Scientists have been detailing the benefits of healthy estuaries for decades – protecting shorelines from erosion and storms, improving water quality, providing vital habitat for economically valuable fish and marine species, and boosting local tourism. A new study underway in Tampa Bay focuses on yet another benefit: buffering both global and local ecosystems from the [...]

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 [...]

Interested in learning more about seagrass? Join us at the 2015 Sarasota County Seagrass Survey event on Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 8:00am – 1:00pm at Ken Thompson Park. The annual Seagrass Survey is a citizen science event that celebrates Sarasota County’s commitment to its water resources and focuses on increasing awareness of the economic [...]