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2018 Great Bay Scallop Search - Lemon Bay and Gasparilla Sound

Florida Sea Grant - UF/IFAS Extension

Saturday, August 18, 2018 at 8:30 AM (EDT)

2018 Great Bay Scallop Search - Lemon Bay and...

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Boat Volunteer
Captains, please register yourself only as a boat volunteer, even if you plan to snorkel.
Ended Free  
Volunteer Snorkeler with boat
For volunteers who are part of an established boat team.
Ended Free  
Kayak/Canoe/Paddleboard snorkeler
Please only register yourself once even if you plan to snorkel.
Ended Free  
Volunteer snorkelers without boat   more info Ended Free  
Hooked on SUP - Kayak/Paddle board Snorkeler Reservation   more info Ended Free  

Event Details


This event has been canceled due to Red Tide


Great Bay Scallop Search

Saturday, August 18, 2018

8:30 am – 2 pm

(Orientation beginning at 9am)


Join the University of Florida/Charlotte County Sea Grant Extension program, by participating in the 2018 Great Bay Scallop Search, a resource-monitoring program where volunteers snorkel, looking for scallops in select areas within Gasparilla Sound and lower Lemon Bay. The purpose of this program is to monitor and document the health and status of the bay scallop population. Reservations are required to participate in the event. Space is limited so reserve your spot today.This event is designed to be a fun family event.

About 40 boats are needed with up to 150 participants to search selected sites in Gasparilla Sound and lower Lemon Bay for the elusive bay scallops.  Bay scallops, or the Argopecten irradians disappeared from Southwest Florida waters decades ago due to degraded water quality and declines in seagrass coverage.  Water quality and seagrass beds have since improved in many areas to levels that will once again support these fragile creatures. 

Scallop searchers will meet at Cape Haze Marina, 8214 Harborside Circle, Englewood, FL 34224, to receive survey equipment and instructions for the monitoring event (Boaters who have participated in a previous search may pick up equipment at the Placida boat ramp the morning of event and proceed directly to their assigned site). We will provide you lunch once you return to the marina. 

 * * * * THIS IS A NO HARVEST EVENT * * * *

We are recruiting: 

  • Volunteers with shallow draft boats. Please let us know the style and size of your boat. Canoes, kayaks & paddleboards are also welcome. Please bring a dive flag if you have one.
  • Please let us know how many additional people you can take on your boat so we can pair you up with additional snorkelers.
  • Snorkelers without boats are welcome, however boat space is limited (registration does not guarentee that we have a boat available for you). 
  • A limited number of participants may participate with Hooked on SUP who will provide stand up paddle boards and/or kayak for the event. 
  • Volunteers need to bring: a mask, snorkel and gloves and be able to snorkel/swim 50 meters (about 150 feet)—fins and weight belt are optional.

Reservations are required and survey sites and equipment are limited. The Scallop Search promises to be a popular event—so sign up early!

Have questions about 2018 Great Bay Scallop Search - Lemon Bay and Gasparilla Sound? Contact Florida Sea Grant - UF/IFAS Extension

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