Bay Guardians Remove 853lbs of Invasive Plants and Marine Debris

Volunteers standing together at Quick Point Nature Preserve
snorkeler holding a conch
Volunteers holding nets in front of Sarasota Bay
Snorkeler scooting off boat into Sarasota Bay at Quick Point

Sarasota Bay Estuary Program's volunteer group, the Bay Guardians, put in a tremendous effort to remove trash and invasive plants from Quick Point Nature Preserve and the surrounding bay on Saturday, November 18, 2017.

Forty volunteers from the community, including a youth group from Temple Emanu-El and three local SCUBA divers, donned work gloves or snorkeling gear and ventured into the waters and trails at the 34 acre park located on the southeastern end of Longboat Key.

Boardwalk at Quick Point Nature Preserve

Quick Point Nature Preserve

Karen Willey from Around the Bend Nature Tours led the land based volunteers in picking up recyclables and trash and pulling invasive plants, like balsam apple, periwinkle, and Brazilian pepper. The water based group anchored off both the west and east coasts of the preserve to clear netting and abandoned fishing gear from the shallow bay bottom. After lunch, volunteers ventured out into the bay with dip nets to find fish, molluscs, and other critters.

Brazilian Pepper Credit UF IFAS

Brazilian pepper, Photo credit: UF/IFAS

Final Count

768 pounds of invasive balsam apple & Brazilian pepper

78 pounds of fishing nets

4 pounds of recyclable trash

3 pounds of land trash

Balsalm Apple Credit UF IFAS

Balsam apple, Photo credit: UF/IFAS 

Snorkelers removing netting from the bay

Snorkelers bringing in fishing nets, Photo credit: Karen Willey

Volunteers weighing an abandoned net at Quick Point Nature Preserve

Weighing the fishing nets and other marine debris

Thank you to all those who came out on Saturday!