Suncoast Reef Rovers Clean the Venice Pier

A truly impressive amount of marine debris was cleaned from the Venice Fishing Pier on May 21, 2016 by the Suncoast Reef Rovers. The Suncoast Reef Rovers of Venice, Florida is a dive-enthusiast club dedicated to organized dive trips and coastal stewardship. They have been cleaning this location since 1998. Imagine what a positive difference...
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Florida Marine Debris Workshop

May 17-19, 2016 The Florida Marine Debris Working Group convened a workshop in St. Petersburg on May17-19, 2016 to look for solutions to the marine debris problem in Florida. Marine debris takes many forms including lost crab, lobster or fish traps, derelict boats, fishing line, nets, ropes, buoys, hooks, weights, sinkers, anchors etc. Ronda Ryan...
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Fifth Annual Pineview School Cleanup of Jim Neville Preserve

May 14, 2016 On Saturday May 14, 2016 a group of about 25 Pineview students, parents and teachers cleaned up the Jim Neville Marine Preserve located in Little Sarasota Bay. The group was pleased to find that the Preserve was pretty clean, presumably because of their preceding four years of work. They were surprised to...
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Red Bug Slough Preserve Cleanup

On May 7, 2016 a dozen Friends of Red Bug Slough Preserve shared the morning cleaning up the Preserve. Sarasota Bay Watch joined the effort and provided bags, grabbers and gloves for the project. We found lots of plastic bags and bottles, some wood, a tire, a blanket, some fishing line and tackle, and a...
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Phillippi Creek Great American Clean-up

On April 16, 2016 the South Gate Community Association organized a cleanup of Phillippi Creek in cooperation with Keep Sarasota County Beautiful. This energetic group started their day at the picturesque Victor Lundy-designed Community Center located right on the banks of beautiful Phillippi Creek (near South Gate Circle on Tuttle Avenue). Coach Russell Elefterion, a...
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Sixth Annual Skiers Island Cleanup: April 2, 2016

We successfully completed our 6th Annual Cleanup of Skiers Island with the Riverview High School Marine Club and National Honor Society with over 30 students and 7 adults. Approximately 100 pounds of trash, 60 pounds of recyclables, along with derelict fishing gear was collected. Our work with the invasive Carrotwood continued while volunteers cut a...
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7th Annual Fishing Line Cleanup

Who: Volunteers like you who love to make a difference! When: Saturday, October 10th 2015 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

Thank You SBW Citizen Scientists

Thank you SBW Citizen Scientists for your dedicated work in the 8th Annual Scallop Search. The 2015 Scallop Search Results: 31 large live scallops and 220+ recently dead scallop shells This year’s event succeeded past searches with: The largest number of volunteers – 151 registered citizen scientists The largest number of boats – 32: power...
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Fifth Annual Scallopalooza

This is the event that raises the funds for the scallop restoration in Sarasota Bay. Enjoy a fun social evening with delicious food, entertainment, a beautiful venue and participate in silent and live auctions, while helping to place more scallops in the water.    

2016 Sarasota Bay Watch Scallop Search Saturday August 13 from the Sarasota Sailing Squadron