Great Bay Scallop Search canoe/kayak registration

This event is no longer on sale.

Saturday August 15

1:00 PM  –  5:00 PM

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for the 2020 Great Bay Scallop Search! We had an overwhelming response to participate from kayakers and there are limited sites, so this category is already full. Please contact Rachel Arndt at rarndt@tampabaywatch.org if you're interested in being on our waiting list. Canoes/Kayaks must work in teams of a minimum of three vessels per team to cover the site. If you have less than three vessels in your group, you will be matched with other kayakers in order to cover the site. The waiting list is based on equipment being returned from other participants within the August 15-23 timeframe. We appreciate your support!

 

Information for registered canoes/kayaks:

 

The DIY Great Bay Scallop Search is August 15 - 23

It’s time to wear a different kind of mask!

Tampa Bay Watch aims to recruit volunteer boaters to snorkel selected sites within Boca Ciega and Lower Tampa Bay for the elusive bay scallops. This year’s Scallop Search will be do-it-yourself within August 15 - 23 due to COVID-19.The goal of the Great Bay Scallop Search is to monitor and document the health and status of the bay scallop population. Read more about the Scallop Search.

 

At each site, a weighted transect line 50 meters in length is laid along seagrass beds. Snorkelers count scallops along each side of the transect line, within one meter of each side, creating a 100 square meter survey area. Sign up fast for this free event, and help us tally up the bay scallop population in Tampa Bay!

 

Thank you Sea World Busch Gardens Conservation Fund and Tampa Bay Estuary Program for sponsoring this event.


More information will be shared with registered Scallop Search volunteers soon:

  • You’ll need to pick up your survey equipment (bucket and PVC poles) from Tampa Bay Watch Marine Center in Tierra Verde by appointment in early August. 
  • We will email your site assignment, data sheet, and instructional video prior to August 15.
  • Canoes/Kayaks will work in teams of a minimum of three vessels per team to cover the site. If you have less than three vessels in your group, you will be matched with other kayakers in order to cover the site.
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