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Greater amberjack reopens to recreational harvest

The recreational harvest of greater amberjack reopened in Gulf state and federal waters for May 1-31. After an annual season spawning closure in June and July, recreational harvest is scheduled to reopen again from Aug. 1 to Oct. 31. If you plan to fish for greater amberjack or certain other ...

Stone crab season ends

Florida’s recreational and commercial stone crab seasons in state and federal waters came to a close on May 2. The annual season closure date was modified last year as part of a suite of changes that were made in response to a long-term decline in harvest and because the stone crab fishery ...

SCCF marks first island nest as sea turtle season begins

UPDATE: On May 2, SCCF volunteer Rachel Walsh found the first loggerhead nest of the season for Captiva. On May 3, SCCF volunteer Nancy Riley found a second loggerhead on Captiva. Also on May 3, SCCF volunteers Diane Clark and Irene Nolan marked off the first loggerhead nest on the west end of ...

Junonia found on Sanibel

Denise Nicholson, of Continental, Ohio, found a junonia on April 26 at about 3 p.m. by Blind Pass. Always finding pieces of the coveted shell, it is the first time she has found a whole one. She reported that she and her husband, Jeff, had arrived at the beach about 10 minutes earlier when she ...

Alphabet cones, moon snails found on Sanibel

Bennette Elizabeth Anderson, of Bexley, Ohio, found two alphabet cones on April 22 during her morning beach walk on Sanibel. One shell was located near Gulf Pines and the second was located near the Blue Dolphin Cottages. A few days later, Anderson found two colorful moon snails. She has been ...

American Legion

The American Legion Post 123, at 4929 Sanibel-Captiva Road, Sanibel, presents the following: - May 6: Open mic from 6 to 9 p.m. - May 9: Barbecue ribs and chicken from noon to 8 p.m. - May 11: General meeting at 6 p.m. Food is served from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., with steak sandwiches on ...

The Community House

The Community House, at 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, will present the following: CURRENT EVENTS Current Events will be held on May 5 from 10 a.m. to noon. PAINTING WITH FRIENDS Painting with Friends will be held on May 5 from 1 to 4 p.m. Bring you own supplies to paint. No instruction ...

SCCF marks first sea turtle nest of the season

The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation recently reported that the first loggerhead nest of the season was discovered on April 27 on Sanibel's east end. Officials noted that there were also two false crawls documented that day. For ways to protect and care for sea turtles, visit ...

Summer fees for Wildlife Drive

The “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge reported that admission fees for Wildlife Drive at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge remain the same after season's end. The $10 vehicle fee, however, holds good for three days of admission starting annually on May ...