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Outdoors news: Extra time for scallopers this year

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Scallopers get additional Harvest time

Saturday marks the early opening of scallop season in areas of Florida from Mexico Beach in North Florida to the Pasco-Hernando border. The season extends through Sept. 25. State officials added three weeks to scallop season this year in hopes of relieving the economic hardships of communities affected by the 2010 BP oil spill.

It is illegal to land bay scallops in waters outside of the designated areas. The daily limit is 2 gallons of whole bay scallops or 1 pint of meat per person.

For a complete list of scallop rules, visit


Learn about state of local reefs

If you're looking for something free and interesting to do next month, there will be a multimedia presentation at St. Petersburg College on the state of Pinellas County reefs. The presentation will take place at 7:30 p.m. July 21 in the Fine Arts Auditorium of the Clearwater campus of the college. Topics discussed will include training sport divers to monitor the reefs, reef cleanups, water quality and data from sport diver surveys. For information, go to


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Rodney Page, Times staff writer

Solunar table

AM PM major minor major minor

6/24 0 5:50 12:00 6:10

6/25 12:25 6:30 12:45 6:50

6/26 1:05 7:10 1:20 7:35

6/27 1:50 7:55 2:05 8:20

6/28 2:35 8:40 2:50 9:05

6/29 3:20 9:30 3:45 9:55

6/30 4:10 10:20 4:30 10:45

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: Extra time for scallopers this year 06/23/11 [Last modified: Thursday, June 23, 2011 6:59pm]
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