The Great Bay Scallop
Search is a
resource monitoring program where volunteers snorkel along set transect lines in
lower Lemon Bay and Gasparilla Sound to count scallops and document the
population trend. The 1st Great Bay Scallop Search was
conducted in 2009. Over 100 volunteers participated in the event and documented
94 live scallops.
The 2015 Great Bay Scallop Search
is scheduled for August 1st. Registration
will begin in late June. Contact the organizer via email at
firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the
Charlotte County Sea Grant Extension office at 941.764.4346.
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Scallop Spat Monitoring
is conducted monthly
in lower Lemon Bay and Gasparilla Sound. Spat collection traps are deployed in
areas with suitable water quality and seagrass habitats. Monthly, traps are
collected and recruiting scallops are counted by the FWC-Florida Fish & Wildlife
Institute as part of their wild stock assessment process.
Community Based Cage
a volunteer restoration program where volunteers deploy and maintain cages
containing bay scallops from their personal docks in lower Lemon Bay and
Gasparilla Sound. Scallops are maintained through the spawning cycle with hopes
that larvae spawned will settle and grow in suitable areas of the estuary.
NOTE: Harvesting of Bay Scallops is not allowed in any
waters of SW Florida. For rules regarding bay scallop season and legal harvest
locations, please visit:
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