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Citizen scientists needed for seagrass/macroalgae survey in Sarasota Bay

The Sarasota Bay Estuary Program (SBEP) is looking for volunteers to help gather more data on macroalgae and seagrass.

Water conditions and the health of seagrass beds in the Sarasota Bay area have been changing rapidly, and there is a pressing need to gather more information about the amount of algae growing in our bays. Algae is a natural part of the ecosystem, but if changing conditions cause it to grow out of control, it can damage vital habitats. Volunteers will help monitor macroalgae by snorkeling in an assigned area, estimating the coverage of seagrass and macro algae, and collecting samples. Volunteers of all levels of experience are welcome.

The Eyes on Seagrass survey will take place over a two week window from July 12–July 24. Volunteers can pick any time during this window. The survey will take about one hour. Training and gear distribution will be held over three days.

You Will Need:

  • A team of 2 or more (Give your group a name)
  • Transportation
  • Mask & Snorkel
  • Kayak, paddle board, or boat
  • GPS or GPS capable phone

SBEP Will Provide:

  • Survey equipment
  • Dive flags
  • Training

Training and Gear Distribution:

  • June 28 @ Blackburn Park 9am-1pm
  • June 29 @ Ken Thompson Park 9am-1pm
  • June 30 @ South Coquina Boat Ramp 9am-1pm

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