Sarasota Bay Watch

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 [...]

Sarasota Bay Watch hosted its 6th Annual Sister Keys Cleanup on May 17th. Volunteers joined together to remove trash from the island, pick flotsam out of the mangroves around the islands and for the first time this year, pull up invasive plants from inland portions of the islands. Go to the Suncoast News/ABC7 website for [...]

Sarasota Bay Watch released its first batch of 2014 scallop in early March, thanks to a donation of 2000 juvenile scallops from the Bay Shellfish Company. These scallops (shown) were grown at the Bay Shellfish Co. hatchery from a spawn in October 2013! They will be full sized adults in late summer 2014. SBW also [...]

Sarasota Bay Watch’s art exhibit “Gulf Coast Heritage: At the Intersection of Art and Local History” says goodbye to the Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast and moves to downtown Sarasota.  The exhibit will be hosted by the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program for the month of March in the lovely Federal Building.  The exhibit then moves [...]

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