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Register now for 2019 Pine Island Sound Scallop Search

This is a No-Harvest Event

Date: August 17  Time: 8:30 am-2 pm  Place: Pineland Marina (address below)

Join the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF) and Florida Sea Grant by participating in the 2019 Pine Island Sound Scallop Search, a resource-monitoring program in which volunteers snorkel, looking for scallops in select areas within Pine Island Sound. The purpose of this program is to monitor and document the health and status of the bay scallop population and is designed to be a fun family event. Reservations are required to participate in the event. Space is limited so reserve your spot today.

Up to 40 boats are needed with as many as 150 participants to search selected sites in Pine Island Sound and San Carlos Bay for the elusive “bay scallop”. Large populations of bay scallops (or Argopecten irradians) disappeared from Southwest Florida waters decades ago due in large part to degraded water quality, related declines in seagrass acreage, over harvesting and other causes. Water quality and seagrasses have improved in many areas to levels that may once again support these important bivalves.

Scallop searchers will meet at 8:30 a.m. at Pineland Marina, 13921 Waterfront Dr, Bokeelia, FL., to receive survey equipment and instructions for the monitoring event. We will provide lunch to participants once you return to shore and report your information.

SCCF and Florida Sea Grant are recruiting:

  • Volunteers with shallow draft boats. Please let us know the style and size of your boat. Canoes and kayaks are also welcome, but sites are very limited, please sign up early. Jet skis are not allowed in the search. 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.