Volunteer Scallop Divers/Boaters Needed for Scallop Search

Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting volunteer boats to participate in the Great Bay Scallop Search on Saturday, August 22. The event is a resource monitoring program where community volunteers snorkel to search for scallops in select areas within Boca Ciega and Lower Tampa Bays. The event has been conducted annually since 1993 with the goal to monitor and document the health and status of the local bay scallop population. Tampa Bay Watch will coordinate 45 volunteer boaters with more than 180 participants to search selected sites for the elusive bay scallops. Volunteers with shallow draft boats are still needed for the event. Go to tampabaywatch.org for more information. Please see attached press release for additional background information.

Photo opportunities: Media is welcome to join us at the Scallop Search on Saturday, August 22. A boat will be available at the Fort De Soto Park boat ramp, 3500 Pinellas Bayway South, Tierra Verde, FL 33715 at 9am to transport media for on-water interviews with scallop search participants in the Boca Ciega Bay Aquatic Preserve. Contact Rachel Arndt at 727-867-8166 extension 233 or email at rarndt@tampabaywatch.org for more information or to reserve a spot on a Tampa Bay Watch boat.