Join the  Santa Rosa Sound and 
Big Lagoon Great Scallop Search!
Do you snorkel? Or have a boat, canoe or kayak and want to help determine if there are scallops in the Santa Rosa Sound and Big Lagoon? Join UF/IFAS Florida Sea Grant Extension in Santa Rosa and Escambia counties for the third annual Santa Rosa Sound and Big Lagoon Great Scallop Search. It's a great event for the whole family!

Volunteers with boats and volunteer snorkelers are needed to participate in a citizen science survey for scallops in the Pensacola Bay System. Two  searches will be held in Santa Rosa Sound and Big Lagoon, June 24 and August 5, from 8 a.m. until noon each day. This is a non-harvest event.  Volunteers will work in teams of three or four to conduct surveys in 50-meter transects in assigned grids. Florida Sea Grant will provide survey supplies; volunteers will need to provide their own snorkeling gear. 

Registration is required as equipment is limited. For the  Santa Rosa Sound Survey, contact Chris Verlinde, 850-623-3868or chrismv@ufl.edu. For the  Big Lagoon Survey, contact Rick O'Connor, 850-475- 5230 or roc1@ufl.edu .
 

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