South Florida outdoors notebook


•  Wednesday is an unofficial holiday for spearfishers and some anglers. That’s when shallow-water grouper harvest season reopens throughout the South Atlantic following a four-month closure to help protect the 11 species — gag, black, red, yellowmouth, yellowfin, tiger, scamp, red hind, rock hind, coney and graysby — from over-fishing.

Anglers and spearfishers are allowed take no more than three grouper per person per day. Of those, only one may be a gag or black, not both. Charterboat crews do not count in the bag limit. Anglers must carry a de-hooking tool. The season will remain open until Jan. 1. For more information, visit myFWC.com.

•  NOAA Fisheries has announced it will begin a status review of the great hammerhead shark to determine whether it should be classified as endangered or threatened throughout its range or in the northwest Atlantic. The agency is seeking public comment before issuing its findings in mid-December.

Responding to petitions filed by WildEarth Guardians and the Natural Resources Defense Council, NOAA said in a statement “we find that the petitions present substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that the petitioned action may be warranted.” However, the agency cautioned that a listing under the endangered species act is not a done deal. Send comments within 60 days on the Internet at www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-2013-0046; or by regular mail to: Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD., 20910; or by fax to 301-713-4060; attn: Maggie Miller.

•  Eric Roberts’ Dream On was top multihull and first to finish in the Miami-Key Largo Race on April 20 in 4 hours 43 minutes 4 seconds. Roberts and other class winners picked up their trophies in an awards ceremony held Saturday at Miami Yacht Club.

Other trophy winners: Main Squeeze, co-skippered by Jim Bill and Eamonn deLisser, for fastest overall PHRF-class boat; Speedster skipper Philip Styre won the Fred Darlow trophy in 6:04:23; Victor Mendelsohn’s Cat Nip got the Jack Schuh trophy in 9:20:03; Hans Barth’s Spirt of Hans Barth earned the Art Livingston trophy in 5:50:22. Jim Green’s Bali Hai got the Rodney Burdines trophy in 7:52:46; Mark Jones on Raz Ma Taz received the Mark Albury award in 6:25:56; David Helmich on Systeme 1 picked up the Jim Williams award in 6:29:59. A fleet of more than 90 sailboats competed.

Susan Cocking

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