Volunteers needed for New Pass Fishing Piers Cleanup
What: The first cleanup of the New Pass Fishing Piers. When: June 3, 2017. Registration will begin at 8:00, followed by a briefing at 8:30. Water entry will begin at 8:45. Event ends at 12:00.
Who: Certified divers, limited kayakers, and lots of ‘topside sorting’ and support volunteers are needed. Community service hours will be given to students.
Where: Ken Thompson Park (between Marine Max and Sarasota Sailing Squadron), 1700 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236.
Why: Removing marine debris and lost fishing gear will reduce bird and marine animal entanglement and ghost fishing while maintaining a healthy habitat and fishing environment for everyone. Sarasota Bay Watch collects data from recovered fishing gear to determine marine debris hot spots, fishing impact, and entanglement dangers.
How: Registration is limited and required for divers, kayakers, and all helpers.
Experienced divers must be certified and supply their own equipment. Sarasota Police Department boats will secure perimeter.
Experienced kayakers will help communicate with divers and assist in debris transfer from divers to collection site.
Topside helpers will retrieve trash from the pier and surrounding area, hoist debris from divers, and transfer the refuse while assisting with data collection.
Scuba Quest will offer a free tank fill or rental for divers participating in the event. Please contact Scuba Quest of Sarasota for details regarding tanks: (941) 366-1530.
Registration for kayak volunteers is closed, due to such a great response from our volunteer network! We still need plenty of topside support so please continue to register.