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Outdoors news and notes: Red snapper quota exceeded; bay scallop count nears

Making news

Expect short red Snapper season in 2012

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council held a meeting Tuesday in Austin, Texas, and it ended with bad news for the recreational red snapper fishermen. Federal scientists believe recreational fishermen may have exceeded their annual quota by 1 million pounds despite a short, 48-day season. That means next year's red snapper season could be fewer than 48 days. Just last Friday, an emergency rule was published that added 345,000 pounds to the quota due to fish not caught during the Gulf oil spill. There was a possibility that a fall season would be added, but that will not happen with this announcement. The reason for the exceeded quota is because federal data showed the average weight of red snapper caught this year was 6.22 pounds, up from 5.34 pounds last year.

Conservation

Popular scallop count draws near

The Great Bay Scallop search, led by the nonprofit environmental conservation group Tampa Bay Watch, will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 27 starting at the Fort De Soto Park boat ramp. This resource-monitoring event has been conducted nearly annually since 1993 to help scientists determine the health of the bay's waters. Because scallops are sensitive to pollution, they serve as good indicators of changes in water quality. The search will include 45 volunteer boaters and approximately 200 volunteer divers who will count the scallops, which are protected in Tampa Bay. For information, call (727) 867-8166.

Recent counts

The scallop totals from the past six searches:

2005 1

2006 17.5

2007 555

2008 624

2009 674*

2010 32

* Highest total in count's history

Things to do

Thursday: Kayak fishing seminar with guide Neil Taylor, who will discuss techniques for artificial baits. 6:30-7:45 p.m. at Bill Jackson Shop for Adventure in Pinellas Park. Information: (727) 692-6345.

Sept. 17-18: Bruce Watters Green Fleet Regatta hosted by St. Petersburg Sailing Center just off the Pier downtown. The regatta is for young and new sailors, ages 7 to 12 years old. Registration is at 9 a.m., racing starts at approximately 11:45 a.m. Information: (727) 896-8101 or SPYC.org.

Rodney Page, Times staff writer

Solunar table

AM PM major minor major minor

8/19 10:15 4:05 10:40 4:25

8/20 11:00 4:50 11:30 5:15

8/21 11:50 5:40 0 6:05

8/22 12:20 6:25 12:35 6:50

8/23 1:05 7:15 1:30 7:40

8/24 1:55 8:05 2:15 8:30

8/25 2:45 8:55 3:05 9:20

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: Red snapper quota exceeded; bay scallop count nears 08/18/11 [Last modified: Thursday, August 18, 2011 6:38pm]
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