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Restoring Bay Scallops In Charlotte Harbor

Implementing Organization

County Of Charlotte


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Known Leveraged Funding


Funding Organization

The U.S. Department of Treasury

Funding Program

The RESTORE Act Funds Bucket 1: The Direct Component


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Project Actions

Species Restoration

Targeted Resources

Shellfish/Shellfish Resources

Project Description

Bay scallops were once abundant in Southwest Florida waters and supported a mainly commercial fishery. By the mid-1960's bay scallop populations in Southwest Florida had collapsed. The goal of the project is to increase the number of bay scallops in Charlotte Harbor through significantly increasing the scale of bay scallop restoration efforts in Charlotte Harbor. The objective is to increase the number of bay scallops in Charlotte Harbor through controlled releases of bay scallop larvae and juveniles during two annual spawning cycles with six month post release targeted dive surveys to quantify changes in scallop abundance. Direct component funds will be used for scallop spawns (4), cage culture and supplies, monitoring supplies, and labor. The remaining project costs are comprised of in-kind volunteer time, genetic validation of scallop parentage and project oversight.


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