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Monroe Harbour Marina - Sanford, Florida (407) 322-2910

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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FACT:

Boat propellers and wakes can damage submerged aquatic vegetation and cause shoreline erosion. Florida has an estimated 2.7 million acres of seagrasses. In addition to being the principle food source for manatees, seagrasses provide refuge and nursery habitat for numerous other wildlife species including commercial and recreational valuable fish, crabs and shrimp. Seagrasses help maintain water clarity and reduce erosion by stabilizing the sea bottom with their root system.

GOAL:

Preserve native vegetation and animals as part of Florida's marine environment.

 ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE:

  • If you run into grass bed, stop and tilt your engine. Use pole or walk your boat out of the area.

  • Read navigational charts for location of sensitive areas.

  • Read the water. A grass bed may appear as a large dark area underwater.

  • Observe and obey signs.

  • Wear polarized sunglasses to reduce glare on the surface water.

  • Dispose of monofilament line, hooks and other litter at an appropriate upland facility.

  • Look but don't touch.

 

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