Boating is a way of life in Florida and with over 1 million boats registered in the state, it is everyone’s responsibility to boat safely for the benefit of manatees and people alike.
Boat strikes are the leading cause of death for manatees in Florida. Over 90% of manatees alive today have identifiable scars due to boat encounters.
Manatees are slow-moving animals that often live in shallow, warm waters. This makes them vulnerable to boat strikes, especially at night when they are more difficult to see.
This year alone at least 31 manatees have died due to watercraft strikes and many more have needed to be rescued.
Please join with the Port of Palm Beach and others to protect our Manatees and help by donating $500 for Friends Of Manatee Lagoon to purchase a sign to remind boaters about manatees.
- If you are a Marina, Port, or Private Dock you can Protect Our Manatees by donating to purchase a sign with your name on it.
- If you are an individual, you can Protect Our Manatees by donating to purchase a sign and Friends Of Manatee Lagoon will work with Private and Public entities to place in critical areas.
There are several signs to choose from: