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Outdoors news: Reef monitoring discussion, gulf red snapper season near end

Making news

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.

Regulations

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

Solunar table

AM PM major minor major minor

7/15 6:10 0 6:25 12:15

7/16 6:55 12:40 7:20 1:10

7/17 7:45 1:35 8:15 2:00

7/18 8:35 2:25 9:00 2:45

7/19 9:20 3:10 9:50 3:30

7/20 10:05 3:55 10:35 4:20

7/21 10:50 4:40 11:20 5:05

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: Reef monitoring discussion, gulf red snapper season near end 07/14/11 [Last modified: Thursday, July 14, 2011 6:03pm]
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