Scallopalooza, It’s Clamtastic!
Scallopalooza, It’s Clamtastic, is our annual fundraiser for scallop restoration in Sarasota Bay has been sold out every year since its inception over a decade ago. Originally hosted at the Sarasota Yacht Club it was moved to the Sarasota Hyatt Regency this past year due to space considerations where it once again sold out on February 15, 2020. Each year the funds raised at the event pay for multiple scallop releases throughout the subsequent year, thereby sustaining our scallop restoration initiative and increases our chances for success.
Scallop restoration is a core program of Sarasota Bay Watch. The scallop population in Sarasota Bay has been drastically reduced over the years. Florida Fish and Wildlife experts believe that by raising scallops in shellfish hatcheries and releasing the larvae into our local seagrass beds that a multi-year release program could result in a self-perpetuating local population.
Sarasota Bay Watch’s inaugural event in 2008 was the first scallop search in Sarasota Bay waters. Since that time SBW has held an annual scallop search every August. At each subsequent Scallop Search SBW and volunteers found fewer scallops in the bay and so we began searching for a way to more proactively contribute to their revival.
Special thanks to all of the sponsors who so graciously contribute to the success of Scallopalooza, It’s Clamtastic!