Protection for Tarpon on FWC meeting agenda
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will meet next week on Wednesday and Thursday in Tallahassee to discuss a variety of marine species, including tarpon, which may soon become a catch-and-release fishery. Tarpon are not in "biological jeopardy," according to state biologists, but a recent proposal for more protection for tarpon has strong support from the commission and residents of the Boca Grande area, the state's premiere tarpon fishery. In addition to protecting tarpon, commissioners also plan to review and discuss the fishing tackle that may be used in the pass, something that has long been debated among anglers themselves. To learn more, go to myfwc.com.
Group plans home for oyster bars
If you want to see more fish and birds in Tampa Bay then plan to help the nonprofit conservation group Tampa Bay Watch build an oyster bar along the shoreline of the Schultz Nature Preserve in Riverview from 9 a.m. to noon today through Sunday. Oysters are filter feeders that improve water quality, which in turn helps promote the growth of sea grasses, which serve as a habitat for a variety of recreationally and commercially valuable marine species. Oyster bars also help stabilize the shoreline and prevent erosion. The preserve is located on the eastern shore of Tampa Bay south of the mouth of the Alafia River. For more information about the project or to sign up to volunteer, visit the website at tampabaywatch.org.
Fundraiser keeps CCA going strong
The Tampa Chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association, one of the state's longest running angler advocacy groups, will hold its annual fundraising banquet Thursday at the T. Pepin Hospitality Centre in Tampa. Tampa Bay's inshore and offshore fisheries have improved dramatically over the past quarter-century thanks to the work of so many CCA members. Call (850) 345-6227 or (407) 257-7333 for more information, or register online at ccaflorida.org.
Send news or upcoming events information to Outdoors Editor Terry Tomalin at [email protected] or call (727) 893-8808.
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