2015 Sarasota Bay Watch Scallop Search Saturday August 29
January 17th, 2015 — SBW volunteers and Mote Marine Lab scientists released 2 million scallop larvae into Sarasota Bay. This begins our third scallop restoration season working with the Bay Shellfish Company and Mote. We have collected adult scallops to use as breeding stock, and are now growing our first 3 batches of baby scallops.... Read More
In 2014 SBW volunteers contributed over 2,500 hours of time to our many community outreach and educational programs and activities. More than $50,000 of funds and services were donated, including 25K from the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund. In addition we hosted six on the water volunteer events and continued to grow our valuable community partnerships.
Recently 15 MOTE interns measured 292 yards (2.92 football fields) of entangling debris that was collected by SBW volunteers during their 2014 island and coastal shoreline cleanups. This data is shared with local and state scientists working on entanglement issues. Removing fishing line from bird nesting habitat, islands and coastlines helps to protect our sea... Read More
Recently SBW presented a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Workshop for area middle school students. The workshop provided hands-on learning about marine food chains and ecosystems, a close up look at live bay scallops, understanding nutrient impacts in our watershed and water quality testing of bay water with and without fertilizer present. The event was... Read More