Experts spill knowledge of local reefs
St. Petersburg College and Reef Monitoring Inc. will hold a multimedia presentation on the state of Pinellas County reefs at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Fine Arts Auditorium on the Clearwater campus. Admission is free. There will be presentations from various experts on subjects ranging from goliath grouper population counts and artificial reef cleanups to monitoring data from sport divers and larval fish monitoring studies. For information, go to reef monitoring.org.
Few days remain for red snapper
The recreational red snapper season in the gulf closes Tuesday. During the open season, recreational fishermen may keep two red snapper at least 16 inches in total length. The 48-day season was implemented by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to rebuild overfished stocks.
Things to Do
Learn to stand, then paddle forth
Stand-up paddleboarding is gaining in popularity, and if you want to learn how it's done Watersports West is offering free lessons every Wednesday from 5-8 p.m. at Keegan Clair Park in Indian Rocks Beach. There will be boards available from kids sizes to those with a rating of more than 300 pounds. For information, go to water sportswest.com.
Rodney Page, Times staff writer
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