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8th Annual Scallop Search

Longboat Key – The 8th annual Scallop Search, put on by Sarasota Bay Watch, will be going on Saturday, August 29th. It is at Mar Vista Dockside restaurant and pub on Longboat Key.

Scallop Search Last Year

Started in 2007 the annual scallop search is conducted to asses the scallop population of Sarasota Bay. Scallop populations became near extinct in Sarasota Bay in the early 1960’s. Municipal water waste and dredging has made for a substantial loss of habitat. Sarasota Bay Watch has made great efforts to restore Scallop populations. They have conducted the annual scallop search and released scallops of various ages back into the environment. So far, Sarasota Bay Watch has released 70 million Scallops in the larvae stage, along with tons of juvenile and adult scallops.

During the Scallop search citizen volunteers search along marked areas of the bay in scuba and snorkeling gear and count the scallops they find. These citizen science efforts give researchers an idea of the health of Sarasota Bay scallop populations.

Scallops are an important part of the bay ecosystem because of their tremendous ability to filter water allowing more sunlight to pass through to seagrass; therefore, contributing to the overall success of habitat. Scallops not only filter water, but are an important source of food to conchs, crabs, fish and rays making them an important link in the food chain.

For additional information check out the Sarasota Bay Watch website or this fabulous youtube video about Sarasota Bay Watch and their Scallop preservation efforts.

Resources:

Sarasota Bay Watch website

Anna Maria Island Sun Newspaper Volume 15 No. 42 August 19, 2015 Outdoors section “Reel Time: 8th Annual Scallop Search”.

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We are into the third week of the same weather pattern, west winds and rain! Even though the weather has not been cooperating as much as we would like, we are still getting in trips on most days.

The Trout bite remains the fish to go after, as the bite is the most consistent and productive. The only challenge is  sometimes getting into the open water, due to high winds, where they have been on deeper grass flats near the edges of moving water.

While fishing for Trout we are still picking up Mangrove Snapper mixed in with theTrout and hanging in the same areas. The Snook bite has conditioned to be tough as this lower pressure sits on top of us. We are picking up a few Snook here and there but not as many as we should this time of the year.

Anna Maria Island Redfish Fishing stays strong despite the weather

The Redfish bite has picked near the mouth of the bays and rivers, as all of the water from the rain we are getting pour out of the back estuaries. This next week final looks like we will seen a more stable summer time weather pattern.

 If you are looking to book at fishing charter or fishing trip and are near Anna Maria Island, Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach, Longboat Key, Bradenton, Sarasota, St. Pete, or Tampa areas book with Anna Maria Inshore Fishing, LCC call Fishing Guide Capt. Kyle (941) 345-7182  www.annamariainshorefishing.com

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