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.
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.
Underwater robots “Waldo” from Mote Marine Laboratory and “Bass” from University of South Florida (USF) have been hard at work monitoring the offshore bloom of Florida red tide and surrounding ocean conditions since they were deployed on Aug. 1. Their results are helping shape short-term bloom forecasts.