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Outdoors: Red snapper allocations up for discussion

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Red snapper allocations Topic of meeting

Should recreational anglers get a larger share of the red snapper quota in the Gulf of Mexico? Or should commercial fishermen get to increase their catch so more fresh fish will be available to consumers? These questions and others will be discussed when the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council holds a series of meetings in the coming weeks on Reef Fish Amendment 28 — Red Snapper Allocations. The red snapper tour swings through St. Petersburg on Monday at the Hilton Carillon (950 Lake Carillon Drive). The meeting runs from 6 to 9 p.m. For more information, call (813) 348-1630 or go to gulfcouncil.org.

Get a bearing

If you like puzzles, a little exercise and being outdoors then head to Fort De Soto County Park on Saturdayfor the Suncoast Orienteering Championships. The sport traces its origins to Sweden in the early 1900s, where it was employed as a military training exercise. Soon it blossomed into an outdoor sport that combines map skills with hiking and/or running. The meets, which usually take place in public parks and last a couple of hours, are open to people of all ages and abilities. The degree of difficulty ranges from "string courses" for children to expert routes, which can take several hours to complete. The entry fee for Florida Orienteering members is $6; nonmembers $10. The meet starts at 10 a.m. on North Beach, Pavilion No. 6. For information, email Gord Hunter at gordhun@rogers.com.

Send news to Terry Tomalin at ttomalin@tampabay.com or call (727) 893-8808.

Solunar chart

AM PM

Minor Major Minor Major

3/21 10:05 3:50 10:30 4:15

3/22 11:00 4:50 11:35 5:20

3/23 0 5:50 12:00 6:15

3/24 12:30 6:50 1:00 7:15

3/25 1:30 7:40 1:50 8:10

3/26 2:25 8:30 2:40 9:00

3/27 3:15 9:25 3:35 9:50

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: Red snapper allocations up for discussion 03/20/14 [Last modified: Thursday, March 20, 2014 5:33pm]
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