Underwater cleanup at Venice Fishing Pier set for July 29



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Underwater cleanup at Venice Fishing Pier set for July 29

The SunCoast Reef Rovers’ (Venice Dive Club) annual underwater cleanup of the Venice Fishing Pier near Sharky’s restaurant is scheduled for Sunday morning, July 29 (weather and any red tide conditions permitting).

Organizers are looking for divers, snorkelers, kayakers and topside helpers — everyone is welcome to attend.  Divers will enter the water at 10 a.m. and exit the water sometime on or before 11:30 a.m. Divers need to be a certified Scuba diver and comfortable diving in low-visibility water with debris and sharp objects in the area.

If interested in participating, please email Ken.Lackmann@fl.usda.gov and let him know if you will be a diver, snorkeler, kayaker or topside helper.

Please remember to bring your dive flag, some line and attached weights so the Venice Police boat can place them in the water around the Pier. Divers should arrive between 9-9:30 a.m. to allow plenty of time to get ready and be able to enter the water at 10. There will be a pre-dive briefing at 9:45 a.m. to cover the dive plan, held at the water’s edge under the Pier.

The Venice Police Department and Sarasota Bay Watch will be assisting.

Sharky’s will provide a buffet lunch for everyone involved in the cleanup (50-person cap). Lunch will cost $5 per person, with a choice of chicken sandwich, fish and chips, burger, or salad, with soda or ice tea. Server tip not included. Please let organizer Ken Lackmann know if you plan to stay for lunch.

Besides gloves and underwater trash bags, no other supplies/gear/tanks/weights, etc. of any kind will be provided for the divers, snorkelers, kayakers or topside helpers. Please bring your own dive gear, tanks, cutting supplies, kayaks, snorkel gear, etc.

Divers please remember:

·         Add extra weight to help keep you down in the shallower water.

·         Bring something to cut fishing line and possible crab trap lines; bring gloves to protect your hands and protective clothing (wetsuit) to protect the rest of your body from sharp objects in and around the Pier.

·         If you have any lift bags, it would be a good idea to bring them.

·         All divers, including SCRR club members, please bring a copy of your dive certification card so organizers can attach it to the SCRR Dive Club waiver form.

Topside individuals and kayakers please remember:

·         Bring protective gloves and clothes you do not mind getting wet and dirty.

·         If you have any heavy-duty rope that is 40 feet or longer, please bring it.


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