New Pass Cleanup
June 8 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sarasota Bay Watch is partnering with the City of Sarasota and the Sarasota Police Department Dive Team.
Who: Certified divers, kayakers, ‘topside’ volunteers on the piers.
What: A cleanup of the fishing piers of Ken Thompson Park and New Pass, above and below the water
When: June 8, 2019. Registration at 8:00am
Where: Ken Thompson Park Fishing Piers
Why: 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 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.
- Topside helpers will retrieve trash from the pier and surrounding area, hoist debris from divers, and transfer the refuse while assisting with data collection.
- Scuba Quest will offer a free tank fill or rental for divers participating in the event. Please contact Scuba Quest of Sarasota for details regarding tanks.