‘Citizen scientists’ needed for seagrass study

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The Sarasota Bay Estuary Program’s “Eyes on Seagrass” initiative is looking for volunteers to assist in monitoring seagrass and microalgae conditions in Sarasota Bay, which hugs the northern portion of Siesta Key.

A lack of seagrass and/or too much algae can harm vital habitats, and Sarasota Bay is showing signs that are causing concern.

“Citizen scientists” will snorkel in an assigned area and document what they see while also taking samples.

Between July 12 and 24, volunteers will also be asked to take a survey regarding their findings.

Training and gear will be provided between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. at on these dates and at these locations:

June 28, Blackburn Point Park, 800 Blackburn Point Rd., in Osprey; June 29, Ken Thompson Park, 1700 Ken Thompson Pkwy. in Sarasota; June 30, south Coquina Beach boat ramp on Bradenton Beach.

Volunteers are made up of a team of two people or more and will need a mask and snorkel; transportation; a kayak, paddleboard or boat; and GPS or a GPS-capable phone.

Visit sarasotabay.org/eyesonseagrass/ for more information and to sign up. The site also features a video demonstration.

John Morton
Author: John Morton

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