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RECENT ANNOUNCEMENTS on OKECHOBEE WATERWAY & LOCKS. Keep checking at www.saj.usace.army.mil

 

 

Information from FWC

 

 

FWC'S SUMMER CAMP INFORMATION FROM THEIR SITE. VISIT MYFWC.COM FOR MORE 

 

As part of the FWC, FYCCN helps the agency coordinate and run several summer camps throughout the state. Camps vary in the activities they offer, but the theme of conservation--centered recreation is consistent throughout. Some of these camps, like Ocala Outdoor Adventure Camp and Everglades Youth Conservation Camp, have been offering fun, affordable and educational camps for decades. Caring staff and volunteers make every effort to help the campers have a safe, enjoyable experience in the real Florida.

 

 

BECAUSE BOATING MATTERS

Earlier this year, in response to an outpouring of support from our industry, the House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly in favor of legislation that would prevent thousands of acres of Biscayne National Park from being closed to fishing and boating activities!

Now it’s the Senate’s turn to do the same, and ensure that state and federal agencies work collaboratively when making fisheries management decisions in state waters. Park Service actions that would fundamentally change the recreational and economic landscape in Biscayne National Park, and other national parks, should be implemented in the least restrictive manner possible.

Senators Bill Cassidy and Marco Rubio have just introduced “Preserving Public Access to Public Waters Act” legislation to reverse the 10,000 acre marine reserve—and preventing a fishing ban in the park’s most fishable reef track.  This bill will ensure that state authorities, like the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), have a true seat at the table in fisheries management decisions for National Parks in state waters.

We’ve had great successes engaging Congress on this critical issue, but before our efforts pay off we need the Senate to act. Ask your Senators to co-sponsor S. 2807, “Preserving Public Access to Public Waters Act

If the Senate doesn’t step in now our legislative efforts could be exhausted! 

Click here to write your Senator now!

Boating United is the grassroots platform of the recreational boating industry. It is comprised of boating manufacturers, businesses and supporters who share the common goal of protecting and promoting the industry. Take action, learn about the issues and more at http://boatingunited.com/

 

 

USCG Districts Seven & Eight - LNMs

The USCG District Seven Local Notice to Mariners http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/pdf/lnms/lnm07122016.pdf  (12-2016) is now available for download. This link must be cut and pasted into the web browser.

In addition, the 2016 USCG Light List Volume Three is updated weekly on the following page: http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=lightListWeeklyUpdates  and is updated to Local Notice (12-2016), as is the summary of corrections http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/pdf/lightLists/corrections/V3D07.pdf . These links must be cut and pasted into the web browser.

The Local Notice to Mariners, Light List, and Summary of Corrections are posted weekly and require Adobe Acrobat Reader https://get.adobe.com/reader/ (free download) or another PDF Viewer. This link must be cut and pasted into the web browser.

If the link does not work directly from your email editor you should either copy and paste the entire link into your web browser or follow the LNM links from the Navigation Center home page http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/ . This link must be cut and pasted into the web browser.

In order to download the latest information more rapidly:

•Place your mouse over the “PDF” symbol next to the corresponding week.
•Right click for PC / Control click for Mac.
•Choose “Save Target As”.
•Save the PDF to your computer and open using Adobe Acrobat Reader.

If you have questions regarding this message, you may contact the Navigation Center http://navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=contactUs  (use “LNMs, Charts, Chart Corrections, or Light Lists” as the subject from the pull down menu). This link must be cut and pasted into the web browser.

To unsubscribe http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=listserverunsubscribe&srvr=LNMd7 .  This link must be cut and pasted into the web browser.

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The USCG District Eight (Gulf) http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/pdf/lnms/lnm0812g2016.pdf  (12-2016) is now available for download. This link must be cut and pasted into the web browser.

In addition, the 2016 USCG Light List Volume Four is updated weekly on the following page: http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=lightListWeeklyUpdates  and is updated to Local Notice (12-2016), as is the summary of corrections http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/pdf/lightLists/corrections/V4D08GM.pdf . These links must be cut and pasted into the web browser.

The Local Notice to Mariners, Light List, and Summary of Corrections are posted weekly and require Adobe Acrobat Reader https://get.adobe.com/reader/  (free download) or another PDF Viewer. This link must be cut and pasted into the web browser.

In order to download the latest information more rapidly:
•Place your mouse over the “PDF” symbol next to the corresponding week.
•Right click for PC / Control click for Mac.
•Choose “Save Target As”.
•Save the PDF to your computer and open using Adobe Acrobat Reader.

If you have questions regarding this message, you may contact the Navigation Center http://navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=contactUs  (use “LNMs, Charts, Chart Corrections, or Light Lists” as the subject from the pull down menu). This link must be cut and pasted into the web browser.

 

NOTICE OF REVISED DRAFT ORDINANCE FOR THE GASPARILLA SOUND BOATING SAFETY ZONE

Please be advised of changes to Charlotte County’s draft ordinance for a proposed Slow Speed Minimum Wake zone in the vicinity of Gasparilla Sound. These changes are a result of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) decision to approve in part and deny in part Charlotte County’s originally proposed draft ordinance pursuant to Section 327.46(1)(c), Florida Statutes (F.S.) and Rule 68D-21.004(3)(a) – (e), Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.). The version of the draft ordinance attached is in accordance with FWC’s final agency action as previously noticed to the public on May 11, 2016.

Charlotte County Draft Ordinance (Gasparilla Sound).docx

Gasparilla Sound - Final Agency Action Revised 05-11-2016.pdf

 

 

RED TIDE REPORT

Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission sent this bulletin at 05/20/2016 03:00 PM EDT

The Florida red tide organism, Karenia brevis, persists along Pinellas, Sarasota, and Charlotte counties in Southwest Florida.

In addition, one sample collected from inshore waters of Brevard County (East Coast) contained background concentrations of K. brevis.

Fish kills and respiratory irritation were not reported in Southwest Florida over the past week. Forecasts for Southwest Florida by the USF-FWC Collaboration for Prediction of Red Tides show net southern movement of surface waters and southern, onshore movement of bottom waters between Pinellas and Lee counties over the next 3 days.

This information, including maps and reports with additional details, is also available on the FWRI Red Tide website. The website also provides links to additional information related to the topic of Florida red tide including satellite imagery, experimental red tide forecasts, shellfish harvesting areas, the FWC Fish Kill Hotline, the Florida Poison Information Center (to report human health effects related to exposure to red tide), and other wildlife related hotlines.

To learn more about various organisms that have been known to cause algal blooms in Florida waters, see the FWRI Red Tide Flickr page. Archived status maps can also be found on Flickr.

The FWRI HAB group in conjunction with Mote Marine Laboratory now have a facebook page.  Please like our page and learn interesting facts concerning red tide and other harmful algal blooms in Florida.

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