Florida rule expands manatee protection

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Manatees that travel the Intracoastal and other waterways in Broward County, Fla., will receive additional protection under an updated rule passed Wednesday by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Under the new rule, boaters in Broward County will have to slow down for manatees throughout the week, not just on weekends, from Nov. 15 through March 31, on portions of the Intracoastal in the northern part of the county.

The time it takes a boater to travel through the county in the Intracoastal on weekdays during the winter will increase by about 18 minutes, but it will remain essentially unchanged during other times of the year, according to the FWC.

There also will be additional slow zones in a few other small areas and an expansion of the no-entry zone at the Port Everglades Power Plant discharge canal.

In many areas, the manatee rule changes will not affect boaters because there are existing year-round boating safety zones that are more restrictive, according to the commission.

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2 comments on “Florida rule expands manatee protection

  1. enginecom

    To prevent divers from being hit they use floating flag bouys. Maybe taging all the manatees so they trail some type visible indicator would help. I would not want exist as a slow moving large air breather who lives just under the surface water. With wildlife like dolphins and whales you can easily see them. Hitting a manatee with a boat at 5kts can kill them just as dead as at higher speeds.

  2. rblhp

    Just another nail in the coffin for the boat industry in SE Fl.
    Where do I pull my grandkids on the tube?
    Where do I sea trial boats with potential customers?
    Most manatee strikes are done by boats going less than 8 knots. Mannatees can here boats on plane and get out of the way with their huge tails they can swim 30 feet per second.
    So FWC pooped in their own lunch kit.
    Take Care,
    RB

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