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Gag grouper fall season to open in four-county region

The gag grouper recreational season in the Gulf state waters off of Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson and Taylor counties will open for harvest on Sept. 1 through Dec. 31. The season for all other Gulf state and federal waters is June 1 through Dec. 31. Monroe County state waters follow Atlantic ...

High diversity of freshwater fish on Sanibel

The high diversity of freshwater fish species on Sanibel is a result of both natural and human-induced transportation to the island. Small live bearing species such as mosquitofish (Gambusia holbrooki), sailfin mollies (Poecilia latipinna) and least killifish (Heterandria formosa) likely ...

Lifejackets: Variety is the spice of safety

I hate to admit it, but for years, our two neon-orange over-the-neck life jackets (aka personal floatation devices or PFDs) acted primarily as seat cushions in our 40-year-old canoe. We didn’t have much money, and the thought of spending $40 on a personal floatation device seemed … ...

Virus-related updates on island activities, more

(Editor's note: To have an item or announcement added to the list, call 239-472-1587 or email Editor Tiffany Repecki at trepecki@breezenewspapers.com.) In light of COVID-19, the following announcements have been reported on Sanibel and Captiva to date: BAT YAM TEMPLE OF THE ISLANDS The Bat ...

Smalltooth sawfish caught

Matthew Williams, 11, of Clarkesville, Georgia, accidentally hooked an 11-foot smalltooth sawfish on Aug. 2 at about 12:30 a.m. behind the Sanibel Moorings on East Gulf Drive. His family reported that the endangered fish was safety released after Matthew caught it in about 7 feet of water ...

The Community House

The Community House, at 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, will present the following: Senior Aerobic Exercise Senior Aerobics will be held on Aug. 26 at 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. with instructor Mahnaz Bassiri. A $5 donation is suggested. Current Events Current Events will meet on Aug. 27 at 1 p.m. ...

Refuge offers paperless maps

To save trees and minimize human contact during the pandemic, J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge staff has created maps of the refuge and the refuge system that visitors can upload to their electronic WiFi-enabled devices. Look for QR codes in the kiosk at the bottom of the ...