|Sarasota, FL – Sarasota Bay Watch and its restoration partners, Mote Marine Laboratory and Sarasota Bay Estuary Program (SBEP) released approximately 3 million scallop larvae into Sarasota Bay. This scallop release is yet another step towards re-establishing stable scallop populations in our local waters.
Sarasota Bay Watch President Larry Stults says “Today’s release illustrates what can be achieved when the spark of a worthy caused is fueled by the energy of our community. Look how much we’ve accomplished in just two short years!”
Since December of 2011 Sarasota Bay Watch and its restoration partners have released approximately 12 million scallop larvae in an effort to build self-sustaining populations in the bay. This is a 10 year restoration project that is powered by volunteers and funded in large part by the grass-roots efforts of community individuals and businesses. SBEP provides additional funding and scientific expertise while Mote provides substantial scientific contributions as well.
Help keep the project going to bring the scallops back.
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