Skip to main content

Smartphone app alerts boaters to manatee speed zones

A new app has been designed to help prevent boaters from hitting manatees in Florida waterways.

A Florida-based corporation, EarthNC, through its conservation venture Conserve.IO, has teamed with the Save the Manatee Club to create the free Manatee Alert App.

The smartphone-based app displays instructive visual alerts, notifying boaters when they are approaching manatee speed zones. It also helps facilitate the reporting of injured manatees and manatee harassment to the proper authorities to ensure urgent help where it’s needed.

“The new Manatee Alert App is a good example of how smartphone technology can help the public become better informed, help protect an endangered species and contribute to preserving our environment,” Brad Winney, of Conserve.IO, said in a statement. “With the majority of the public now having some form of smartphone or tablet, applications like Manatee Alert can provide safety and conservation messages in real time.”

During the busy Labor Day weekend and throughout the year, manatees are especially vulnerable to the heavy boat traffic moving through waterways in every direction. Florida’s manatees have already suffered a catastrophic year because of a prolonged red tide event in southwest Florida and an unidentified toxin in the Indian River Lagoon. There have been 717 manatee deaths from all causes through Aug. 9, and at the current rate they probably will break previous records, the club said.

“Since many manatees inhabiting Florida waters bear the scars from past encounters with boats, use of the Manatee Alert App can go a long way toward preventing such injuries and deaths,” Katie Tripp, Save the Manatee Club’s director of science and conservation, said in a statement.

Click here for the full statement.



ABA Celebrates 30 Years

The America Boatbuilders Association was founded in 1992 with the objective of collectively buying engines, raw materials and manufactured products at better prices.


Who, Not How

Sometimes, to solve a tough problem, you need to get a different person in the room.


NMMA: Proposed Speed Rule an ‘Existential Threat’ to Industry

The association is calling on every marine brand, employee and boat owner to file public comment by Oct. 31 over a sweeping regulation to protect North Atlantic right whales.


Axopar and Nimbus Renew Agreement

The boatbuilders have entered an agreement whereby Nimbus Group will retain exclusive rights to sell Axopar boats on the Swedish market.


Hurricane Ian Leaves Devastation in Florida

The storm left a wide swath of destruction, heavily impacting marine interests from Tampa Bay to Marco Island.


Email Is Your Ticket to Holiday Sales

Developing an effective email campaign can bolster sales and help fill winter coffers at your dealership.


NMRA Presents Annual Awards

Edson CEO Will Keene and ComMar Sales president Tim Conroy were recognized for their contributions to the marine industry.


DEALERS: Are Interest Rates Impacting Demand?

This month’s Pulse Report survey asks dealers whether interest rate increases are causing a downturn in boat sales. Take the survey here.


EPropulsion, Mack Boring Partner with Crest

Pontoon builder Crest will use an ePropulsion Navy 3.0 Evo electric outboard motor and an E175 battery for its 2023 Current model.