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

2016 Scallop Search – August 13

The 9th Annual Sarasota Bay Scallop Search will be held on Saturday August 13.  The Sarasota Sailing Squadron will host this year’s event.  Each year snorkelers explore Sarasota Bay for these elusive bivalves.  This information benefits Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) and local scientists studying scallops and helps guide the scallop restoration efforts...
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2015 Scallop Release

January 17th, 2015 — SBW volunteers and Mote Marine Lab scientists released 2 million scallop larvae into Sarasota Bay. This begins our third scallop restoration season working with the Bay Shellfish Company and Mote. We have collected adult scallops to use as breeding stock, and are now growing our first 3 batches of baby scallops....
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SBW 2014 Accomplishments

In 2014 SBW volunteers contributed over 2,500 hours of time to our many community outreach and educational programs and activities. More than $50,000 of funds and services were donated, including 25K from the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund. In addition we hosted six on the water volunteer events and continued to grow our valuable community partnerships.
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