Stand ready to protect the bay from oil
Tampa Bay Watch is seeking volunteers in the event the organization has the opportunity to support the oil spill response in Tampa Bay and along west-central Florida. Tampa Bay Watch maintains more than 6,000 feet of boom at Cockroach Bay that can be used in case the oil spill gets close to our area. What the organization needs is volunteers to help disperse the boom should it become necessary. It has already had volunteer seminars recently, but there is a volunteer registration form at Tampabaywatch.org should any more volunteers be needed. Volunteers for the oil boom prepositioning program will be selected to participate based on training and experience. Oil booms will be deployed utilizing a corps of trained volunteers. They will receive training in oil spill response and boom deployment, and they will need training in first aid and CPR. The volunteers will learn how to deploy, monitor and maintain the boom in the event of a spill. There is a need for volunteer boat captains with a good knowledge of the Cockroach Bay/Little Manatee River area. There will also be opportunities to work on shore and to crew on boats.
Popular events head to Anna Maria
The 39th annual Old Salt Loop Tournament and the Mike Alstott Family Foundation Inshore/Offshore Shootout will be held May 28-30 off Anna Maria. The captains meeting is May 27. Eligible species are marlin, sailfish, swordfish, dolphin, tuna and wahoo. For information on the Loop event, call (727) 422-6420. The inshore/offshore tournament is a multispecies event. For information, call (727) 216-6601.
Stone crab to end, snapper open soon
Stone crab season closes Sunday and will not reopen until Oct. 15. Also, on June 1 the red snapper season opens in the gulf. The season has been closed since Aug. 15. During the open season, red snapper caught in the gulf must be larger than 16 inches and anglers may keep two per person, per day.
Rodney Page, Times staff writer