Manatee Zones


In order to adequately protect manatees, Manatee County has implemented slow-speed zones in many of our waterways. Signage installed throughout County waters identifies regulated zones that manatees frequent.

The Florida manatee is a native species found in all parts of the state. Protections for Florida manatees were first enacted in 1893. Today, they are protected by the Florida Manatee Sanctuary Act (§379.2431(2), Florida Statutes, and are federally protected by both the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Endangered Species Act.

Check out the interactive Boat Ramp and Artificial Reef sites.


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