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Thursday, October 19, 2006

Manatee Collisions Won't Get Law-Abiding Boaters Citations

Published 10/18/06
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) said today, boaters who comply with manatee speed zones won’t get citations if they strike manatees.

Officials said cooler weather will cause manatees to begin their annual migration from open water to warm-water springs and power plant discharges, leaving the slow-moving sea cows vulnerable to speeding and even slow-moving vessels. Law-abiding boaters who strike a manatee or observe a manatee hit by another vessel can call the FWC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline at 1-888-404-3922 without fear of a citation. Boaters should be prepared to provide the incident location, weather conditions, boat specifications and other relevant information.

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