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Outdoors news and notes: Reef cleanup targets Clearwater artificial reef

Making news

Reef Cleanup to Target Clearwater

Reef Monitoring Inc. will sponsor its third artificial reef cleanup off Pinellas County on Sept. 24. The group will dive the Clearwater artificial reef and is looking for volunteer boat owners to transport divers. Boaters will receive a $50 gas card in return. The goal is to remove crab trap lines, monofilament and other debris that entangle fish, turtles and dolphins. During the group's first cleanup effort in 2010, it removed more than 700 pounds of debris. In May, divers removed 400 pounds.

Also, two traps built by St. Petersburg students for research have been lost or stolen. Reef Monitoring Inc. is hoping boaters have seen the traps, which are used to study fish larvae and were last seen on the Clearwater artificial reef. Anyone with information regarding the traps should contact Dr. Monica Lara of St. Petersburg College at (727) 791-2618.

Fundraising

Wetlands group to hold banquet

The Clearwater Chapter of Ducks Unlimited will hold its annual fundraising banquet Sept. 22 at Clearwater Country Club. Ducks Unlimited is a nonprofit organization that raises funds for wetlands conservation. The banquet will feature prizes, a raffle and live and silent auctions. For information, call (727) 463-1568.

Regulations

Special grouper season nears

The special gag grouper recreational season opens at 12:01 a.m. Sept. 16 and closes at 12:01 a.m. Nov. 16. The limit is two gag per angler with a minimum size of 22 inches.

Rodney Page, Times staff writer

Solunar table

AM PM major minor major minor

9/9 3:50 9:55 4:05 10:15

9/10 4:30 10:35 4:45 11:00

9/11 5:15 11:15 5:25 11:35

9/12 5:45 11:55 6:05 0

9/13 6:30 12:15 6:50 12:40

9/14 7:15 1:00 7:35 1:25

9/15 8:00 1:50 8:25 2:10

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: Reef cleanup targets Clearwater artificial reef

09/08/11 [Last modified: Monday, November 7, 2011 5:51pm]
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