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WANTED: Boaters for 2023 Great Scallop Search on Aug. 26th

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Sarasota Bay Watch needs volunteers and it REALLY needs boaters!

Sarasota Bay Watch is looking for volunteers to help collect information on the shellfish, animals, and seagrass seen in Sarasota Bay. A scallop search is done to get an assessment of bay health as it relates to scallops. Scallops are the ‘canary in the coal mine’ since they cannot survive extreme environmental pressure. This information is shared with Florida Fish and Wildlife.

This is a family fun event. Bring the gang! If you don’t have a boat, sign up and we’ll try to get you on one!

Know Before You Go:

This is a citizen science event to help collect data. Participants will be provided with equipment and given instructions prior to the event.

  • When: Saturday August 26 8:30AM is Captain meeting and registration. Scallop Search Lunch to follow.
  • Where: Sarasota Sailing Squadron – 1717 Ken Thompson Parkway
  • Who: Those with boats and able body swimmers
  • What to bring: Sunscreen, hat and sunglasses, mask, snorkel, and fins. A weight belt is optional but recommended. You must supply your own gear.

Sarasota Bay Watch will attempt to get those without boats onto boats space permitting.

Registration is required.

If you are participating and would prefer to get your equipment prior to the event (versus that morning) It can be picked up. Contact

Click below for details and to register.