2017 Was a Great Year for Sarasota Bay Watch!

  Cheers to 2018 being even better Thank you to all our volunteers and donors for making these events possible! Please remember to keep Sarasota Bay Watch in mind during this holiday donating season.

Another Great Event With Suncoast Reef Rovers

Suncoast Reef Rovers – Making Venice Better Venice’s awesome dive club came together again at the South Jetty on Sunday October 22, 2017 and pulled a monstrous amount of debris up from the depths. Over 500 pounds of marine debris was taken from the water by this wonderful group, including 42 cast nets, 3 traps,...
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Sarasota Bay Watch Receives National Estuaries Week Gulf of Mexico CITGO Grant Award

Sarasota Bay Watch is one of 8 organizations that has received the National Estuaries Week Gulf of Mexico CITGO Grant Award this year.  This grant will go to our efforts to remove debris and waste along Sarasota’s shoreline. For more information visit: https://estuaries.org/rae-announces-national-estuaries-week-gulf-of-mexico-citgo-grant-award-recipients

Another Great Event with Suncoast Reef Rovers

Oh, what a day!  Enthusiastic volunteers gathered on Saturday morning, August 11, 2017 for the SunCoast Reef Rovers annual underwater clean-up of the Venice North Jetty, a popular fishing spot.   A combination of 19 SCUBA divers, 19 ‘topsider’ helpers, one kayaker, one snorkeler, and one Sarasota County Sheriffs police boat worked for a few hours...
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Sarasota Bay Watch Lends a Hand to Suncoast Reef Rovers

      The entire Gulf beach under the Venice Fishing Pier is clean thanks to the work of the Suncoast Reef Rovers of Venice and their many friends.  A team of divers and helpers descended on Brohard Beach on Saturday July 15, 2017 to remove underwater debris from a spot that is very popular...
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2017 New Pass Cleanup

Sarasota Bay Watch partnered with Sarasota Police Dive Team and the City of Sarasota to host a cleanup on Saturday June 3, 2017 at Ken Thompson Park in Sarasota and pulled a surprising amount of debris up from the bottom of New Pass.  By far the most abundant waste was cast nets coming in at...
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Sarasota Bay Watch Receives Grant From Disney Conservation Fund

We are proud to announce that Sarasota Bay Watch has been selected as a 2017 grant recipient of the Disney Conservation Fund.  The Disney Conservation Fund designates funds to organizations committed to  “a holistic approach to conservation – blending both scientific research and community engagement to protect wildlife and their habitats.”  To date the fund has...
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Sarasota Bay Watch Begins Clam Restoration

On Friday the 24th of February, Sarasota Bay Watch and partners Bay Shellfish Company and Two Docks, (a commercial clam farmer), began a new clam restoration effort. Over 300,000 juvenile clams were placed in protective mesh bags on submerged lands in Tampa Bay. When they reach an adult stage volunteers will release them into Sarasota...
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Tony Saprito Fishing Pier Cleanup

On Saturday, Nov. 19, Sarasota Bay Watch and partners conducted an underwater cleanup at the Tony Saprito Pier in Sarasota. Participation swelled to over 60 volunteers as vacationers, fishermen from the Tony Saprito Pier and passerbys joined the effort. Seven hundred and fifty pounds of debris was collected including fishing line, fishing poles, tires, crab...
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8th Annual Monofilament Cleanup

Who: Volunteers like you who love to make a difference! When: Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016 at 8:30 – 12:30 Where: Launching from Sarasota Sailing Squadron How: Sign up at Sarasotabaywatch.org Registration: Required Lunch available after the cleanup for participants Community Service available for student volunteers Removing fishing line from bird nesting habitat, islands and coastlines...
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