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.
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.
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
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