fwc LIFTS cAMPFIRE BAN AFTER RAINS
Recent rains have allowed Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials to lift a ban on campfires in wildlife management areas, wildlife and environmental areas and other land it manages. The ban was in place because dry conditions made it more likely for fire to spread. Of course, wildfires can still occur, so the FWC urges campers to ensure the fires remain under control and are completely extinguished after use.
State welcomes help with fish kills
The summer combination of high temperatures and rainy days is not always good for fish. This is the time of year when fish kills are common in Florida waters, but do not worry, they are natural occurrences. The FWC is looking for your help in recording fish kills. Residents who find fish kills in natural bodies of water are urged to report them at www.myfwc.com/fishkill or call toll-free, 1-800-636-0511.
Ladies-only event benefits charities
The Old Salt Fishing Club will hold its 23rd annual ladies tournament Aug. 11-13 at the Madeira Beach Municipal Marina. While men can captain and mate the boat, only women can actually catch the fish. Species range from redfish and trout to grouper and amberjack. The tournament benefits the Celma Mastry Ovarian Cancer Foundation and All Children's Hospital. For information, call (727) 216-6601 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tarpon event needs keen eyes
The Suncoast Tarpon Roundup is looking for observers and judges for its "Finale Day" on July 30. Observer/judges are responsible for verifying release times and taking a DNA sample. Fishing hours are 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. For information, contact webmaster@suncoast tarponroundup.org.
Things to do
• Island Nautical grand opening and open house; 2233 3rd Ave. S., St. Petersburg; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. On hand: marine product reps, tours, food and drinks. Information: (727) 577-3220.
Rodney Page, Times staff writer