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Outdoors news and notes: Scallop search nears

Volunteering

Help Monitor The health of Bay scallops

Tampa Bay Watch and the Tampa Bay Estuary Program are sponsoring the Great Bay Scallop Search on Aug. 28. Tampa Bay Watch, a nonprofit group that works to protect and restore marine and wetland environments around Tampa Bay, is looking for volunteers to snorkel and count scallops in Boca Ciega and lower Tampa Bay in order to monitor and document the health and status of the bay scallop population. Forty-five boats and more than 180 participants will be needed for the search. Those interested should go to tampabaywatch.org.

Fishing

Snook closure extended to Sept. 16

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has extended the emergency closure of snook harvest and possession in Florida through Sept. 16. This action will continue the prohibition on harvest and possession of snook that has been in effect since Jan. 16. The FWC enacted the closure in response to possible effects of prolonged cold weather on the snook population last winter. Catch-and-release fishing for snook is still allowed during this extended closure.

Hunting

Window for dove apps approaching

The FWC will accept applications for hunters who want to be included in a random drawing for daily dove hunt permits beginning 10 a.m. Aug. 24 through 11:59 p.m. Sept. 7. Application worksheets are available at MyFWC.com/Hunting under "Limited Entry Hunts." There is no cost to apply. Sportsmen may apply for these permits at www.fl.wildlifelicense.com, by calling toll-free 1-888-486-8356, or in person at county tax collectors' offices or license agents.

Sailing

Learn basic boat handling in class

Boca Ciega Yacht Club will offer a five-week adult basic sailing class beginning Sept. 8. The course includes five Wednesday evening classes as well as four weekend waterfront sailing sessions. Students will put classroom theories into practice sailing the club's Catalina 16.5 fleet. Cost is $225 per person and includes all classroom materials and an U.S. Sailing Association Basic Keelboat manual. Participants will receive a complementary three-month membership. For information, go to sail bcyc.org.

Rodney Page, Times staff writer

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: Scallop search nears 08/12/10 [Last modified: Thursday, August 12, 2010 4:23pm]
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