Sarasota Bay Watch

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 [...]

Sarasota Bay Watch is excited to participate this year in the March 22nd STEM Workshop hosted by State College of Florida and sponsored by the Gulf Coast Community Foundation.  The workshop will explore with middle school students environmental issues, the marine food chain and biodiversity, watershed concepts as well as human impacts and restoration benefits. [...]

In 2013 Sarasota Bay Watch and its volunteers accomplished the following: On The Water Events 1st Annual Cleanup of the Jim Neville Marine Preserve with Pineview School marine club students – 80 person hours, plus 9 kayaks and 1 canoe; 3rd Annual Skier’s Island Cleanup with RHS National Honor Society students – 110 person hours, [...]

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