Law Enforcement Agencies Come Together To Remind Boaters To Slow Down For Manatees

April 21, 2017  

JACKSONVILLE, FL (April 21, 2017) - On Friday, April 21, 2017 representatives from local law enforcement agencies and organizations along with the city's Dock Master, Jim Suber came together to discuss boat safety and this year's joint manatee enforcement efforts. Please click here to watch the video of the news conference.

At the news conference, JSO reported that in 2016 there was one watercraft related manatee death in Jacksonville's waters. So far, year-to-date in 2017 there has been one watercraft related manatee death. For additional statistics please visit:
Citizens are reminded to obey all speeds limits while on the waterways and not to touch a manatee or tagging devices used on the mammals for tracking or rehabilitation purposes.

At Friday's news conference Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission Marine Mammal Research Biologist Nadia Gordon spoke about the dangers of balloon releases.
If you find a dead or injured manatee, please report it by calling 1-888-404-FWCC (1-888-404-3922). Cellular phone customers can dial *FWC or #FWC.
For more information about the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Marine Unit and Manatee Protection please click here.
For more information on the Manatee Mortality Statistics, please visit
For more information on Boating Under the Influence (BUI), please visit