Winter Park is working hard to eradicate invasive apple island snails, Pomacea insularum, from Lake Knowles. In other areas where these snails were introduced, they reproduced rapidly, and as no native predators eat them, populations exploded, with devastating effects on the local ecosystem.
They have voracious appetites, and eat so much vegetation, only microscopic algae are left, causing algal blooms. They also compete with the native apple snail for food and habitat. Florida 's endangered Snail Kite relies on the native apple snail as a primary food source, due to its specialized beak, its cannot extract the meant from the invasive snails larger shell.
Read more about invasive snails here: https://www.nps.gov/ever/learn/nature/upload/SecureFinalIslandAppleSnailFactSheethires%20.pdf
The City of Winter Park is asking for volunteer divers to assist in targeting and removing these snails, on Saturday April 28, from 8am to 10pm.
Average depth is 15' but there are some deeper holes. The lake is 7.7 acres in size, so we need lots of volunteer divers to help! Boats are not needed as all areas can be easily accessed from the shoreline around the entire lake. Please be aware the water will have limited visibility, and may be cold! Under 17's must be accompanied by a parent/guardian diver.
Dayo Scuba will supply divers scuba rental gear, at no charge, for this event. Gear pickup is Friday, the day before from 3-5pm. Please reserve your gear in advance, as we have a limited amount available.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details, to sign up for the event, or reserve rental gear for this event.