This blog is dedicated to the environmental well-being of our Florida coastal habitat.

This blog is
dedicated to the environmental well-being of coastal habitat.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Sarasota Bay Watch 5th Annual Fishing Line Cleanup

5th Annual
Fishing Line Cleanup 

     Who:  Volunteers like you who love to make a difference!
     When:  Saturday, October 5th, 8:30 - 12:30
     Where:  Launching from Sarasota Sailing Squadron 
     Registration:  Required, lunch available after the cleanup.  Sign up NOW!
We collaborate with Audubon Florida to conduct this cleanup now because most birds do not nest in the fall.  We will target removing fishing line from bird nesting habitat islands and coastlines.
Last year Sarasota Bay Watch's Fishing Line (Monofilament) Cleanup  event attracted over 80 volunteers and retrieved three football field lengths of fishing line from the bay coastline!  The materials collected will be weighed and measured and the data shared with scientists working on entanglement issues.  It is a great day to make a real difference for our waterbirds and other marine wildlife.
      What you need:  Boat or Kayak preferred.  We will have limited space available on boats and kayaks.  If you don't have a boat, we will  'cab assign' you to a boat captain with space.  Some cleanup can also be done on foot around the bridges, also.
      What to Bring:  Sturdy footwear, sunscreen, eye protection, hat, gloves, water, and an enthusiastic spirit. 

Come, join our volunteer powerhouse that loves our bay
and does the work to keep it healthy.
Register today
(This event is nearly here!)