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 email@example.com.
Rodney Page, Times staff writer
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