SARASOTA, Florida (AP) - Dozens of boaters and volunteers fanned out across Longboat Key to search for scallops this weekend.
Earlier this year, the Sarasota Bay Watch deposited 24 million scallop larvae into Sarasota Bay to increase the number of scallops in the area. Scientists are hoping to re-establish a colony there, although it will probably take 10 years for the colonies to begin thriving.
The group's president Larry Stults said the likelihood that many of those larvae survived into adulthood was slim because of red tide, heavy rainfall and other environmental factors.
The Sarasota Herald reports that last year's search only netted 91 scallops.
The money raised at the event will be used toward the goal of depositing 50 million scallop larva into the bay this fall.