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.
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.
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.
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