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Outdoors notes: Regulations help, WaterTribe race update

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Workshop Offers anglers Clarity on Rules

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries and Florida Sea Grant will hold a series of public workshops along Florida's gulf coast to discuss offshore recreational and commercial regulations. These will not be hearings to discuss proposed regulations, but informative sessions designed to clarify existing rules, such as license and permit requirements, seasons, equipment, length and bag limits. The local workshop will start at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Madeira Beach City Hall.

Meanwhile, NOAA Fisheries is seeking public comment on a new rule that would establish a season for gag grouper to open July 1 and close when the annual catch target is met, which most analysts believe would happen in November or December. The new rule would maintain the Feb. 1 through March 31 shallow-water grouper closure outside of the 20-fathom line. To learn how to submit your comments go to

WaterTribe update

St. Louis' Shane Perrin, trying to become the first standup paddleboarder to complete the WaterTribe 300-mile Everglades Challenge from Fort De Soto to Key Largo, was working his way along Everglades National Park toward the third checkpoint at Flamingo late Thursday afternoon. Paul and Alan Stewart, competing in the small sailboat monohull class, were the first to complete the race, in 2 days, 2 minutes.

Solunar chart


Minor Major Minor Major

3/8 2:20 8:30 2:40 8:55

3/9 3:10 9:15 3:25 9:40

3/10 4:55 11:00 5:10 11:30

3/11 5:45 11:45 5:55 0

3/12 6:25 12:10 6:50 12:40

3/13 7:20 1:05 7:45 1:30

3/14 8:05 1:55 8:35 2:20

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 notes: Regulations help, WaterTribe race update 03/07/13 [Last modified: Thursday, March 7, 2013 7:43pm]
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