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New Pass Cleanup

June 3, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

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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 3, 2017. Registration at 8:00am

Where: Ken Thompson Park Fishing Piers

Why: This is the first ‘cleaning’ of the public piers. 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.

Event update:

We have had an overwhelming response from our volunteer network and reached a maximum amount of volunteers.  As a result we have closed registration.  Thank you so much to everyone who has registered.  It’s going to be a great event!


 A special thank you to our sponsors this year who are making this event possible!

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If you have registered to dive this event please don’t forget to fill out the following form and bring it with you the morning of the event.

2017 Diver Waiver Form


June 3, 2017
8:00 am - 12:00 pm


Ken Thompson Park Fishing Piers
1700 Ken Thompson Parkway
Sarasota, Fl 34236
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