Scallop Search 2016

August 13, 2016: Sarasota Sailing Squadron Sarasota Bay Watch launched with its first scallop search in Sarasota Bay waters in 2008. Since that time SBW has benefitted 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...
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The Suncoast Reef Rovers of Venice Do It Again

The Rovers pulled hundreds of pounds of waste from all around the North Venice Jetty on Saturday morning July 23, 2016. Once again the SCRR has made a major improvement in the aquatic health of one of the premiere locations in our community. This group of dedicated SCUBA divers discovered a large number of cast...
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World Ocean Day at Mote Marine

Sarasota Bay Watch participated in World Ocean Day at Mote Marine on June 4, 2016. Ellie Martin and Erin Campbell manned the table helping kids make scallop necklaces and talking to parents and other participants about Sarasota Bay Watches’ many activities. Board member Steve Martin assisted Ronda Ryan with set up and drilled shells for...
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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 Registration: Required Lunch available after the cleanup for participants Community Service available for student volunteers
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