San-Cap Shell Club awards grant to SCCF
Since 2009, the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation has restored four acres of oyster reef habitat in the waters surrounding Sanibel and Captiva. It applied for a grant from the Sanibel-Captiva Shell Club this year to further the project.
The club’s board recently approved the grant for $2,000 to provide support for the collection of monthly spat data — oyster larvae that becomes permanently attached on appropriate habitat to grow — and the annual live oyster “density and size” sampling in the San Carlos Bay and Tarpon Bay, which takes place in February.
The study will include monitoring of the Caloosahatchee River and Lake Okeechobee discharges to help determine how they affect the oyster reefs.
The club awards grants from the proceeds of its annual Shell Show. They are given toward education and research in the fields of conchology and malacology, as well as for conservation and water quality projects, primarily in Southwest Florida. Due to the pandemic, this year’s event will be a Virtual Shell Show.
For more information, visit sanibelshellclub.com.