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Great Bay Scallop & Hard Clam Search scheduled for August 10th

* * * * THIS IS A NO HARVEST EVENT * * * *

CHARLOTTE COUNTY – Join Florida Sea Grant and the University of Florida IFAS Extension Charlotte County, by participating in the Great Bay Scallop & Hard Clam Search on August 10, 2019. The search is a resource-monitoring program where volunteers snorkel, looking for bay scallops and hard clams in select seagrass areas. The purpose of this program is to monitor and document the health and status of these important bivalve species.

About 40 shallow draft boats are needed with up to 150 participants. Canoes and Kayaks are also welcome. Snorkelers without boats are welcome, however boat space is limited. Volunteer searchers will meet at 8:30am at Cape Haze Marina to receive survey equipment and instructions for the monitoring event. Lunch will be provided once you return to shore.

Volunteers need to bring: a mask, snorkel and gloves and be able to snorkel/swim 50 meters (about 150 feet)—fins and weight belt are optional.

Reservations are required and survey sites and equipment are limited. This Search promises to be a popular event—so sign up early!

Registration is online at:

Contact the organizer Betty Staugler via email at or by calling 941-764-4346.