"Scallopalooza" to benefit Sarasota Bay
Published July 28, 2011
Published: Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at 1:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at 5:48 p.m.
When Rodney Potter was a young boy, during World War II and its aftermath, he and his pals roamed the Gulf Coast in search of fish, and hunted all over Manatee County. "There was all sorts of game," he said recently, "but we were careful and only collected what we could eat."
Scallopalooza-Repay the Bay
August 6, 2011 at the Sarasota Yacht Club.
Part of that harvest were scallops that were plentiful in Sarasota Bay back then. "I used to take a cabinet drawer without my mother knowing it, and would replace the bottom wood with glass. You could see through the water clearly, and the younger kids -- we'd ride them along with us on innertubes -- loved to see all the sea creatures."
Unfortunately, scallops have nearly disappeared from Sarasota Bay. Which is why Potter will be spinning tales of yesteryear at "Scallopalooza-Repay the Bay" on Aug. 6 to help revitalize that part of the area's fishery.
The fundraiser, sponsored by Sarasota Bay Watch, is being hosted by the Sarasota Yacht Club and will feature a dinner and auction that includes a weekend at Steinhatchee Landings Resort, jewelry, sporting goods, a print by Clyde Butcher, guided fishing trips, and more.
Profits will go toward Bay Watch's goal of raising $10,000 to fund a stocking program that involves spawning scallops at a fish hatchery, then releasing the larva into seagrass beds.
"We're grateful to the Sarasota Yacht Club for hosting this program," said SBW president Rusty Chinnis. "We're trying to get a broad spectrum of people involved, because the health of Sarasota Bay is in everyone's best interest. It effects everyone's business in one way or another.
"This is the kickoff in a series of events, and we need everyone's help. For instance, our fourth Scallop Search will be Aug. 13, and we'd love to get as many volunteers as possible -- with or without boats -- to participate."
Potter, who has seen the best and the worst of Sarasota Bay during his lifetime, admits "there are a lot of reasons the Bay has changed over the years. Everyone knows that. But since we have the ability now to put it back the way it was, then we should."
–Contact the Sarasota Yacht Club (941) 365-4191, Ronda Ryan (941) 232-2363, or Pierre Schutte (941) 587-8174.
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