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Outdoors Notebook: Anglers asked to help track local cobia

sports@islandpacket.comApril 27, 2014 

HELP TRACK COBIA IN PORT ROYAL SOUND

From 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 10, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources -- in conjunction with the Waddell Mariculture Center -- will be in Port Royal Sound with special capture boats so they can capture both male and female cobia for breeding.

The DNR needs the help of local fishermen. To help is as easy as spending a relaxing day cobia fishing. Should you catch a cobia, leave it in the water, get on your VHF radio (Ch. 69), and the DNR will come to you and put the fish in special tanks for transport.

The cobia must be caught between the Broad River Bridge and the mouth of Port Royal Sound. Prizes and rewards will be given for the largest cobia and the most cobia donated.

YMCA NEEDS VOLUNTEERS FOR YOUTH BOATING PROGRAM

The YMCA of Beaufort County is seeking volunteers to assist with its new youth/teen boating program set to launch this summer.

The partnership between the YMCA and the Spirit of America Foundation, a youth boating education program, will introduce young people to several different types and sizes of watercraft and water-based activities, all of which nurture responsible behavior.

This partnership is unique to the Beaufort YMCA branch and will play a vital role in ensuring the safety of the area's youth around waterways. Interested parties should contact YMCA boating director Paul Spencer at boatingymca@gmail.com or 843-522-9622.

The YMCA seeks volunteers with:

  • Experience/availability in one or more of these areas: sailing, kayak, canoe, stand-up paddleboard, motor boat.

  • Experience and/or willingness to instruct 7th- to 10th-grade students in one of those disciplines (classroom and on-water).

  • Available between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on selected days.

  • CPR/first aid certification desired.

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