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The Sanibel-Captiva Shell Club presented Dr. Ryan Orgera, CEO of Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, with a check for $5000 to support SCCF’s research on water quality. Specifically, SCCF will use the funds to support a one-year pilot project to determine if restoring clam communities that collapsed in the mid-twentieth century will improve water quality. Hard clams improve water quality by filtering phytoplanktons.
The Sanibel-Captiva Shell Club awards grants from the proceeds of their annual Shell Show. The dates for the 83rd Shell Show are March 5-7, 2020. The entry fees from the Show, shell sales, sponsorships, and t-shirt sales generated over $30,000 in 2019!
The Sanibel-Captiva Shell Club was formed to exchange information in the fields of conchology and malacology, to foster public education, and to encourage and support studies and research activities in those fields as well as the fields of conservation and water quality, primarily in Southwest Florida.
The Club meets on the second Sunday of the month October-April at the Sanibel Community House at 2:00pm. The next meeting is on January 12, 2020 (no December meeting). Meetings include a speaker, silent auctions for shells, show and tell, door prizes, and refreshments. All meetings are free and open to the public. New members are welcome!