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Outdoors news and notes: FWC video contest, crab regulations

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FWC Seeks High School entries in video contest

High school students who possess creativity with a video camera are invited to produce a one-minute public service announcement to help raise awareness about bears and conserving the Florida black bear. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is holding a contest to inform Floridians about how they can live without conflicts with bears in their communities. The videos will be shown online and sent to television stations for possible airtime. The deadline for submissions is Nov. 18. For information, e-mail


Stone crab season opening nears

A new month means a change in some of the fishing regulations. Stone crab season opens Oct. 15. For those planning to trap stone crabs, the daily limit is 1 gallon of stone crab claws per harvester or 2 gallons per vessel, whichever is less. If you don't plan to trap them, at least you know they'll be available at restaurants soon. And blue crab harvest season in state waters opened Wednesday. The short closure was from Sept. 20 to Tuesday. There are some regional closures for blue crab traps. For a list of those, go to

Upcoming events

Boyd Hill to celebrate season

Boyd Hill Nature Preserve will hold its Autumn Harvest event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Pinellas Pioneer Settlement part of the park. The kid-friendly event will include hay rides, hay mazes, sack races and a pumpkin carving contest. Admission is free. For information, call (727) 893-7326.

Rodney Page, Times staff writer

Solunar table

AM PM major minor major minor

10/7 2:40 8:45 2:55 9:05

10/8 3:20 9:25 3:35 9:45

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

10/10 4:40 10:40 4:50 11:00

10/11 5:15 11:20 5:30 11:40

10/12 5:55 11:55 6:05 0

10/13 6:35 12:20 6:55 12:45

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: FWC video contest, crab regulations 10/06/11 [Last modified: Thursday, October 6, 2011 11:34pm]
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