Annual Scallop Search yields one find
Volunteers participated in the Pine Island Sound Scallop Search on Aug. 20, which was organized in cooperation with the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, Florida Sea Grant, University of Florida and UF/IFAS Lee County Extension. During the annual event, boats with teams of snorkelers disperse throughout Pine Island Sound and search for bay scallops (Argopecten irradians) in seagrass meadows. The SCCF reported that only one scallop was found this year. Bay scallops, particularly eggs and larvae, are sensitive to diminished water quality and they only live for about one year. SCCF noted that it is possible last year’s red tide could have contributed to a reduction in this year’s population.