Group set to remove derelict crab traps
Sooner or later every boater runs afoul of an old crab trap. But these lost or abandoned traps are more than a nuisance. They can be a death sentence for a variety of marine life. That's why Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting volunteer boaters to participate in a crab trap removal effort at six locations — Belleair Bluffs, upper Tampa Bay, Alafia River, Cockroach Bay, Boca Ciega Bay and Demen's Landing — because of the regional closure of blue crab fishing. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has issued a temporary blue crab closure from Wednesday to July 19 for all waters of Broward through Pasco counties so volunteers can identify and retrieve lost and abandoned blue crab traps. All commercial and recreational traps left in the water during the 10-day closure will be considered derelict and removed. Volunteers should register at tampabaywatch.org or call (727) 867-8166, ext. 233.
Red snapper info session via phone
Roy Crabtree, the Southeast regional administrator for the National Marine Fisheries Service, will host a teleconference from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday to discuss red snapper. The discussion will focus on population assessment, future catch levels, regional management and how you can get involved in the process. Call toll-free 1-800-857-5151, password: red snapper.
Check it out
The 29th Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix off Sarasota features takes place within a few hundred yards of Lido Beach. Races are scheduled for 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday. See suncoastoffshore.org.
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