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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Scallopalooza, It’s Clamtastic!

On Sept 24 2016 our community gathered forces at our 6th Annual Scallopalooza, It’s Clamtastic! fundraiser and not only met, but exceeded Sarasota Bay Watch’s funding goals for scallop and clam restoration. It was a fantastic evening and a fantastic result! A group of 200 meet at the beautiful waterfront Sarasota Yacht Club for dinner,...
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Underwater Trash Clean-up event Venice Mooring Fields

This enthusiastic dive group yet again made our bays cleaner and safer for us and also for our fine friends with fins. Almost 1000 pounds of waste was pulled from the Venice Mooring Field on Saturday morning September 17, 2016. Over 300 pounds of anchors and 170 pounds of rope were found along with interesting...
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Scallop Search 2016

August 13, 2016: Sarasota Sailing Squadron Sarasota Bay Watch launched with its first scallop search in Sarasota Bay waters in 2008. Since that time SBW has benefitted scientists, environmental organizations, local businesses and the citizens of Sarasota and Manatee Counties by documenting the health of the Bay through the presence of scallops. Our annual Scallop...
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The Suncoast Reef Rovers of Venice Do It Again

The Rovers pulled hundreds of pounds of waste from all around the North Venice Jetty on Saturday morning July 23, 2016. Once again the SCRR has made a major improvement in the aquatic health of one of the premiere locations in our community. This group of dedicated SCUBA divers discovered a large number of cast...
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