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Outdoors news and notes: Estuaries Day cleanup to target Clam Bayou

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Clam Bayou to get aid on Estuaries day

Saturday is Natural Estuaries Day, an annual celebration of areas where rivers meet the sea. In recognition, the nonprofit conservation group Tampa Bay Watch is organizing a cleanup of Clam Bayou (the area around 26th Avenue South and Quincy Street in St. Petersburg) from 9 a.m. to noon. Volunteers should expect to get dirty as Clam Bayou is a muddy area. For volunteer information, call (727) 867-8166, ext. 233.


Scallops going off list, stone crabs on

There are some saltwater fishing openings and closings now that we are headed toward October. There are only a few days left in the scalloping season (open harvest waters are Pasco-Hernando County line to the west bank of the Mexico Beach Canal in Bay County). The last day for scalloping is Sunday. After that, the season doesn't normally open again until July 1 of next year. Stone crabs, however, will be in season on Oct. 15, which means the juicy meat will start showing up in local restaurants soon.

For hunters, archery and crossbow seasons open Oct. 15 in Zone B (parts of Pasco, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties). Muzzleloading gun season begins Oct. 22 in Zone C (parts of Hernando, Pinellas and Hillsborough counties).

Things to do

Today-Saturday: Florida Aquarium will offer wild dolphin ecotours on Tampa Bay aboard a 72-foot catamaran. Cost: $22 for adults, $20 for seniors and $18 for children. Information:

Saturday: The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 79 in Tampa will offer a paddle-sport course for kayakers and paddleboarders from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Gandy Boat Ramp in Tampa. Kayak fishing guide Neil Taylor and Russell Farrow of Sweetwater Kayaks will give seminars. Cost: $25 per person. Information:

Rodney Page, Times staff writer

Solunar table

AM PM major minor major minor

9/23 2:20 8:30 2:40 8:55

9/24 3:10 9:20 3:30 9:45

9/25 4:00 10:05 4:15 10:35

9/26 4:50 10:55 5:05 11:20

9/27 5:35 11:45 5:55 0

9/28 6:25 12:10 6:55 12:45

9/29 7:35 1:20 8:00 1:45

Tide adjustments

The charts show the rise and fall of tides measured in feet and plots the tides on a one-week timeline. Times and depth may vary depending on weather conditions. You can compute the tides from these adjustments:

North (Anclote River) High Low

Anclote Key (south end) -01:37 -00:47

Bayport +01:13 +01:39

Cedar Key +01:16 +01:03

Crystal River, Florida Power +01:13 +01:33

Hudson, Hudson Creek +00:06 +00:01

Indian Rocks Beach (inside) +00:19 +00:10

North (Anclote River) High Low

Mangrove Point, Crystal Bay +01:34 +01:54

Pithlachascotee River +00:18 +00:52

St. Joseph Sound -00:34 -00:42

Steinhatchee River entrance +01:33 +01:32

Suwannee River entrance +01:22 +01:21

Withlacoochee River entrance +01:23 +01:58

South (The Pier) High Low

Anna Maria, pier -02:10 -02:19

Egmont Key, Egmont channel -02:15 -03:20

Gandy Bridge +00:59 +00:57

Gulfport, Boca Ciega Bay -01:32 -01:05

John's Pass, Boca Ciega Bay -02:14 -02:04

Madeira Beach Causeway -01:32 -01:45

Mullet Key Channel (Skyway) -02:03 -02:01

South (The Pier) High Low

Pass-a-Grille Beach -01:34 -01:30

Pinellas Point -00:22 -00:29

Redfish Point, Manatee River -00:30 -00:14

Safety Harbor +01:32 +01:34

Sarasota Bay -01:38 -00:58

Corey Causeway -01:18 -00:44

Venice Inlet (inside) -02:02 -01:38

Outdoors news and notes: Estuaries Day cleanup to target Clam Bayou 09/22/11 [Last modified: Thursday, September 22, 2011 6:49pm]
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