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: flaquarium.org.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rodney Page, Times staff writer
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