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Outdoors news and notes: Turtle nest counts show good numbers for two endangered species

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Two Turtle Species Faring WEll, Study says

The Florida sea turtle nesting season is over, and studies have shown two endangered sea turtles have fared well. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission documented a record-high nest count for green turtles. Leatherback turtles also had a high number of nests. While loggerheads, the most common species of turtle in Florida, did not have an increase in numbers this year it was close to its five-year average. The FWC says that since 1998 the trend in the number of loggerheads is in decline. The counts take place on 255 miles of selected beaches along both the Atlantic and Gulf coasts.


Oyster bar project needs hands

Tampa Bay Watch and the Tampa Chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association will create new oyster shell reef habitat Oct. 20-21 along the shoreline of the Schultz Nature Preserve, located on the eastern side Tampa Bay south of the mouth of the Alafia River. The oyster bars will buffer the area from wave action and reduce current erosion rates. Volunteers are needed to place the oyster bars. For information, go to


• Stone crab claws can be legally harvested starting Saturday, through May 15.

• Flotilla 11-9 of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will conduct safe boating classes at 9 a.m. Nov. 12 in Tarpon Springs. Information:

Solunar table

AM PM major minor major minor

10/14 7:25 1:10 7:50 1:35

10/15 8:10 2:00 8:45 2:30

10/16 9:05 2:55 9:35 3:20

10/17 10:00 3:50 10:30 4:15

10/18 10:55 4:45 11:25 5:10

10/19 11:50 5:40 0 6:05

10/20 12:20 6:35 12:45 7:00

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: Turtle nest counts show good numbers for two endangered species 10/13/11 [Last modified: Thursday, October 13, 2011 6:17pm]
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