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 tampabaywatch.org.
• 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: tscoastguardaux.org.
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