2nd Annual Tony Saprito Pier Cleanup
September 30 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sarasota Bay Watch is partnering with the City of Sarasota and the Sarasota Police Department Dive Team.
Who: Certified divers, limited kayakers, ‘topside’ volunteers on the pier.
What: A cleanup of the Tony Saprito Fishing Pier, above and below the water
When: September 30, 2017. Registration at 8:30am
Where: Tony Saprito Fishing Pier, 420 John Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34236. Meet under the causeway.
Why: This is the 2nd annual cleaning of the public pier. Removing marine debris and lost fishing gear will reduce bird and marine animal entanglement and ghost fishing while maintaining a healthy habitat and fishing environment for everyone. Sarasota Bay Watch collects data from recovered fishing gear and shares this information with NOAA and Ocean Conservancy to determine marine debris hot spots, fishing impact, and entanglement dangers.
How: Registration is limited and required for divers, kayakers, and all helpers.
- Experienced divers must be certified and supply their own equipment. Sarasota Police Department boats will secure perimeter.
- Experienced kayakers will help communicate with divers and assist in debris transfer from divers to collection site. Space is limited.
- Topside helpers will retrieve trash from the pier and surrounding area, hoist debris from divers, and transfer the refuse while assisting with data collection.
We will open registration as we get closer to the event.
A special thank you to our sponsors this year who are making this event possible!