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Posted: 2013 Sep 06 - 06:50

Smithsonian exhibit coming to county

The Elisabeth Lahti Library in Indiantown will host the Smithsonian Institution's traveling exhibit "Museum on Main Street: Journey Stories" this fall. The exhibit depicts historical accounts of how we and our ancestors came to America. It traces developments in modes of travel and transportation, and explores how these factors have played a significant role in shaping Americans' identity, particularly our sense of freedom. It will be here Oct. 19-Nov. 30 and is free and open to the public.

The Elisabeth Lahti Library is located at 15200 SW Adams Ave., Indiantown.

Volunteers are needed to provide a welcoming environment and rewarding learning experience to patrons visiting the Journey Stories exhibit.

For more information on how you can get involved, contact Volunteer Coordinator Terry Dick at (772) 219-4906 or email tdick@martin.fl.us.

Food for Fines helps House of Hope

The Martin County Library System is offering a chance to wipe out your fines on overdue books, CDs, DVDs, etc., in exchange for food for House of Hope.

During Food For Fines week, Sept. 9 to Sept. 14, if library patrons bring non-perishable food along with their overdue library items, all fines on the late items will be forgiven.

Last year, library patrons donated 3,237 pounds of food for House of Hope, and the library system received 534 long-overdue items that were assumed to be lost.

Donated food items are to be used for overdue fines only. They cannot be used for lost or damaged book fees. Please donate nonperishable food that has not passed its expiration date.

To learn more about the Martin County Library System, call (772) 221-1403 or visit www.library.martin.fl.us.

Tarpon, bonefish become catch-and-release only

Two premier recreational fisheries will soon have new protections in place, a measure aimed at ensuring that tarpon and bonefish's economic and fishing value remain for generations to come. Tarpon and bonefish became catch-and-release only fisheries on Sept. 1.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission approved these proactive management measures at its June 12 meeting in Lakeland. The catch-and-release proposal was adopted in recognition of the fact that the economic and fishing values of bonefish and tarpon greatly exceed their value as food fishes.

The following changes went into effect Sept. 1 in state and federal waters off Florida:

All harvest of tarpon will be eliminated, with the exception of the harvest or possession of a single tarpon when in pursuit of an International Game Fish Association record and in conjunction with a tarpon tag.

Tarpon tags will be limited to one per person, per year except for properly licensed charter boat captains and fishing guides.

Transport or shipment of tarpon becomes limited to one fish per person.

There will be a one-fish-per-vessel limit for tarpon.

Gear used for tarpon will be limited to hook-and-line only.

Multiple hooks in conjunction with live or dead natural bait cannot be used to target or harvest tarpon, or to target bonefish.

People will be allowed to temporarily possess a tarpon for photography, measurement of length and girth and scientific sampling, with the stipulation that tarpon more than 40 inches must remain in the water.

Tarpon regulations will extend into federal waters.

The bonefish tournament exemption permit is eliminated. This allowed tournament anglers with the proper permit to temporarily possess bonefish for transport to a tournament scale.

To learn more about tarpon and bonefish, visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on "Saltwater" and "Recreational Regulations."

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