Boating and Jet Skiing Guidelines
Follow these guidelines while boating and/or jet skiing.
- Abide by the posted speed zone signs while in areas known to
have manatees present or when observations indicate manatees might
be present. Observations may include
- a swirl at the surface caused by the manatee while diving
- seeing the animal's back, snout, tail, or flipper break the
surface of the water or
- hearing it when it surfaces to breathe.
- Wear polarized sunglasses to reduce glare on the surface of
the water. This will enable you to see manatees more easily.
- Try to stay in deep water channels. Manatees can be found in
shallow, slow moving rivers, estuaries, lagoons and coastal areas.
- Avoid boating over seagrass beds and shallow areas.
- Remain at least 50 feet away from a manatee when operating
a powerboat. Do not operate a boat over large concentrations of
- If you like to water ski, please choose areas that manatees
do not use, or cannot enter, such as landlocked lakes.
- Please do not discard monofilament line, hooks, or any other
litter into the water. Manatees may ingest or become entangled
in the debris and become injured or even die.
Note: Discarding monofilament fishing line into the waters
of Florida is unlawful.