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Holidays Mean More Boats in Manatee Zones

Manatees face added danger during busy holiday weekends, simply because there are generally more boaters on the water passing through manatee restricted-speed zones. Boaters should be aware of where the zones are, so they don’t have any surprises when they come upon them. Maps of the zones can be found at

“The zones are clearly marked with signs depicting the type of zone and what the restrictions are, and boaters are responsible for knowing them and obeying the regulations that are in place to protect this endangered species,” said Maj. Paul Ouellette, law enforcement commander for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Northeast Region.

For more information and graphics of waterway signs, go to

Boaters violating manatee zones should be reported to the FWC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-3922. Callers may remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward.

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