For the Love of Shellfish: Scallop Search Draws Community Together

The annual Scallop Search led by the nonprofit Sarasota Bay Watch tallied 40 scallops on Saturday, Aug. 23, surpassing the count of 11 from last year. The event drew more than 130 volunteers, strengthening the local community’s commitment to monitor and restore scallop populations in Sarasota Bay.  The search team included many volunteer “citizen scientists” along with Mote Marine Laboratory researchers who are co-leading local efforts to restore scallops.

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Red Tide Update

During the past week, the ongoing bloom of Florida red tide remained patchy and offshore between Dixie and northern Pinellas counties, according to the statewide red tide update provided Friday, Aug. 22, by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and including results from Mote Marine Laboratory, the University of South Florida and others.

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