The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and UF/IFAS Extension - Florida Sea Grant have partnered to implement an innovative community-driven effort to restore scallop populations, and we need your help!
“Scallop Sitter” volunteers are trained to assist in Gulf, Franklin and Bay counties. The goal of the program is to increase scallop populations in our local bays. Scallop sitters help reintroduce scallops into suitable areas from which they have disappeared.
Volunteers manage predator exclusion cages of scallops, which are either placed in the bay or by a dock. The cages provide a safe environment for the scallops to live and reproduce, and in turn repopulate the bays.
Volunteers make monthly visits from June until December to their assigned cages where they clean scallops, since algae and barnacles can attach, check mortality rate and collect salinity data that helps us determine restoration goals and success in targeted areas.
So, how do I get started in becoming a Scallop Sitter? Register on Eventbrite!
To be a Franklin County Scallop Sitter, go to www.eventbrite.com/e/141172912983
To be a Gulf County Scallop Sitter, go to www.eventbrite.com/e/141056117645
This article originally appeared on The Apalachicola Times: Become a ‘Scallop Sitter!’