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Outdoors news and notes: Officials seek to add hammerhead, tiger sharks to protected species list

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Officials eye Hammerheads for protection

Sharks have been strictly regulated in Florida waters since 1992, and at the latest Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission meeting, several sharks were selected to be put on the protected list. Scalloped hammerheads, great hammerheads, smooth hammerheads and tiger sharks would be prohibited from harvest under the FWC's proposed rules. Research indicates those species have either been overfished or the population has declined. For other sharks, there is a one-per-person, two-per-vessel limit for recreational and commercial harvesters, and shark finning is illegal. A public hearing on the proposed rules will be during the November FWC meeting in Key Largo.

Things to do

Wednesdays: Watersports West offers free kayak and stand-up paddleboard lessons from 5-7:30 p.m. at Keegan Clair Park in Indian Rocks Beach. Bring water shoes. Information: (727) 517-7000.

Sept. 23-24: Florida Aquarium will offer wild dolphin ecotours on Tampa Bay aboard a 72-foot catamaran. See dolphins, bird sanctuaries and other native animals. Cost: $22 for adults, $20 for seniors and $18 for children. Information: flaquarium.org.

Sept. 24: The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 79 in Tampa will offer a paddle- sport course for canoers, 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: auxpaddle course@yahoo.com.

Rodney Page, Times staff writer

Solunar table

AM PM major minor major minor

9/16 8:45 2:35 9:15 3:00

9/17 9:35 3:25 10:05 3:50

9/18 10:25 4:15 10:55 4:40

9/19 11:20 5:10 11:50 5:35

9/20 0 6:05 12:15 6:30

9/21 12:50 6:55 1:05 7:20

9/22 1:35 7:40 1:50 8:05

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: Officials seek to add hammerhead, tiger sharks to protected species list

09/15/11 [Last modified: Monday, November 7, 2011 5:51pm]
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