Two Clearwater men were arrested early Friday morning on a charge of using a gill net within state waters, authorities said. The men had caught 1,000 pounds of fish, including ladyfish, mackerel, shad, sea urchins and crab, said Mac McMullen, a spokesman for the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. Jeffrey A. Harrison, 29, and Joseph M. Wood Jr., 40, were arrested at the Seminole boat ramp in Clearwater at 3 a.m. after being observed laying nets off Caladesi Island, McMullen said. Harrison was also charged with possession of marijuana. The use of gill nets is a third-degree felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison. McMullen said deputies have cracked down on illegal fishing practices. "They will continue to investigate incidents such as this one to protect the fishing industry and the environment."
A reception for a new exhibit, "Passion for Potter II _ Teapots" is 7 to 9 tonight at Clay and Paper gallery at 350 Main St. in Dunedin. A story Friday listed the wrong day.