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... Read More
2016 Sarasota Bay Watch Scallop Search Saturday August 13 from the Sarasota Sailing Squadron
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... Read More
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.... Read More
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.
Recently 15 MOTE interns measured 292 yards (2.92 football fields) of entangling debris that was collected by SBW volunteers during their 2014 island and coastal shoreline cleanups. This data is shared with local and state scientists working on entanglement issues. Removing fishing line from bird nesting habitat, islands and coastlines helps to protect our sea... Read More
Recently SBW presented a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Workshop for area middle school students. The workshop provided hands-on learning about marine food chains and ecosystems, a close up look at live bay scallops, understanding nutrient impacts in our watershed and water quality testing of bay water with and without fertilizer present. The event was... Read More