Sarasota Bay Watch Scallop Search
The 2017 Great Scallop Search will be on August 26th. Please check back later this summer for further details.
Previous Scallop Searches:
August 13, 2016: Sarasota Sailing Squadron
2016 SCALLOP SEARCH INFORMATION
The Scallop Search is Sarasota Bay Watch’s signature event.
In 2008 Sarasota Bay Watch was launched with its first scallop search in Sarasota Bay waters. Since that time SBW has held an annual scallop search every August. The search benefits 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 Search is one component of a community-lead restoration project to re-establish scallops in Sarasota Bay.
The event launches from the Sarasota Sailing Squadron, 1717 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236. For boaters interested in searching the Northern Bay and Manatee County, you can arrange pick up their maps and materials ahead to time. Please indicate this choice on the registration form below.
* * * * NOTE: THIS IS A NO HARVEST EVENT * * * *
Purpose of event: Help to monitor annually the number of scallops in Sarasota Bay waters and support scientists at the Florida Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI).
What to bring: Sunscreen, hat and sunglasses, mask, snorkel, fins and water shoes.
Reservations are required to participate in the event. Space is limited, Boats limited to 50, kayaks welcome! No boat? Sign on as a crew member and you will be placed on a boat, space permitting. Participants will be equipped and trained on how to search for scallops in seagrass. Experts from the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) will be on hand to answer questions and there will be a touch tank on display.
HISTORY: Scallops have been largely absent from Sarasota Bay waters since the 1960’s due to dredging and land development (the Florida Land Rush), the accompanying population boom and associated water quality issues. Today there have been improvements in water quality and a resurgence of seagrass beds to levels that may once again support these important bivalves in Sarasota Bay.