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Sarasota Environmental Aquatics Team - Seagrass Survey Program

The Sarasota Environmental Aquatics (SEA) Team is a group of Sarasota County volunteers whose work has made positive impacts on our bays. Whether they are seeding scallops or surveying seagrass, this team of energetic volunteers provides scientists with valuable information.Seagrass survey volunteers boat or kayak Sarasota’s bays and document the types of seagrass they see. Seagrass is vital to maintaining healthy aquatic ecosystems, stabilizing shorelines and providing food and shelter for a variety of wildlife, including scallops, manatees and sea turtles. The information gathered by seagrass survey volunteers allows scientists to better understand and manage these important ecosystems. Many volunteers find surveying seagrass fun, easy and rewarding.

Requirements: Attend a two-hour training session and be available a few days during the months of February or August. Note: Volunteers should have their own GPS, boat or kayak, but when possible, those who do not will be paired with those who do.

Charting seagrass growth in the bay

by Administrator Thursday, 05 May 2011 11:34 AM
Bob Clousson, a retired biology teacher from Cincinnati, Ohio, enjoys refreshing his seagrass survey skills at a recent Sarasota County training session at Turtle Beach Community Center. He takes a long look underwater with a viewfinder, called an Aqua-Scope II, provided to survey volunteers in February and August. CORRESPONDENT PHOTOS / ERICA NEWPORT