Thursday, December 13, 2012
The accident that killed this healthy female dolphin could have been prevented, marine wildlife officials are telling the public.
Florida boaters are being reminded to keep local waterways clear of fishing gear and debris, after a 29-year-old healthy bottlenose dolphin was found dead in South Sarasota County. The female dolphin apparently suffocated after becoming wrapped in fishing tackle, according to scientists at Mote Marine Laboratory. The research lab has studied the area's dolphin population for more than 40 years and report that the dolphin was otherwise healthy. According to a statement released by Mote Lab: "The line was stretched taught and connected to a hook embedded in the dolphin’s “melon” (forehead). Mote scientists are awaiting lab results that may provide additional details about the animal’s condition and demise. However, its case history suggests …
Monday, November 19, 2012
With manatees moving to warmer waters as the temperature dips in Florida, boaters are reminded to take extra precautions to protect them.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
Monday, November 19, 2012
Now that the weather outside is chilly, Florida manatees are migrating to warmer waters. They swim in search of a warm winter refuge such as freshwater springs, more shallow protected areas or canals adjacent to power plant outflows. An adult manatee may weigh 1,000 pounds or more but is susceptible to cold. Water temperatures dipping to 68 degrees or below can produce cold stress in these aquatic mammals, and even cause death. Seasonal manatee protection zone went into effect on Nov. 15. November is designated as Manatee Awareness Month because of this seasonal migration. As authorities said earlier this year, you should probably try to avoid riding the manatees. “Many manatees in Florida have scars from run-ins with boats. We can do …
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Beginning Oct. 16, boats operating more than three nautical miles offshore must undergo a mandatory safety examination, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.
The Coast Guard urges commercial fishing vessel operators to take advantage of voluntary safety examinations prior to the enforcement of the new requirement Oct. 16. All commercial fishing, fish tender and fish processing vessels that operate or transit more than three nautical miles offshore must demonstrate full compliance with fishing industry vessel safety regulations during a dockside safety examination. To demonstrate compliance with this new requirement, fishermen are encouraged to contact Coast Guard fishing vessel safety examiners to obtain a Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety Decal. The examination requirement is one of several new mandates established by the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010. The act requires a mandatory …
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Three Tampa Bay bridges will have round-the-clock security, and seven others will be kept in the down, closed position during the Republican National Convention.
Anchoring and mooring near three major bridges in the Tampa Bay area will be banned during the Republican National Convention, the Coast Guard announced. In addition, seven draw bridges will be kept in the down, locked position, even to tug boats, during the RNC. The Coast Guard announced that it has established 15 additional federal security zones; all are coastal and along waterways. The heightened security begins Saturday and ends Aug. 31 at 1 a.m. Security zones within the Intracoastal Waterway extend from the Clearwater Memorial Bridge south to the Pinellas Bayway Structures A, B & C. ( Specific bridge names and closure times are noted in the graphic attached to this article.) Three Tampa Bay bridges will have 24-hour security zones. …
Friday, March 9, 2012
The ramp is expected to be closed for five months while the structure is brought up to date
One of the county's most popular boat ramps will be closed for five months for extensive renovations and additions. The Warner’s Bayou Boat Ramp, 5900 Riverview Blvd., will be closed beginning March 26 as crews repair the aging launch. The extensive renovations are expeted to greatly increase the life span and functionality of the Bayou's boat dock and launch area. The boat ramp, floating dock and fixed docks will be replaced and upgraded. The northern dock will be extended to allow additional mooring. Plans include adding a new restroom and fish cleaning tables with running water. The parking lot will be resurfaced and additional parking spots will be added to the lot south of the parking ramp. Landscaping will be improved throughout the …