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Protecting Biscayne’s Underwater Treasures. Protecting Biscayne’s Underwater Treasures. Problem: boat groundings, depreciative behavior, (impacts to soil; impacts to vegetation; impacts to water; impacts to wildlife); crowding; conflict

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Protecting Biscayne’s Underwater Treasures.
  • Problem: boat groundings, depreciative behavior, (impacts to soil; impacts to vegetation; impacts to water; impacts to wildlife); crowding; conflict
  • Strategies: reduce the impact of use, harden resource/ experience
  • Management Practices: facility development/site design/maintenance; rules/regulations; information/ education
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Protecting Biscayne’s Underwater Treasures.
  • The park
    • 1968/1980
    • 173,000 acres (95% underwater)
    • Biologically rich coral reefs and seagrass meadows
    • Shallow water
    • Half a million visitors (boating, swimming, snorkeling, fishing)
protecting biscayne s underwater treasures3
Protecting Biscayne’s Underwater Treasures.
  • The park
    • 1968/1980
    • 173,000 acres (95% underwater)
    • Biologically rich coral reefs and seagrass meadows
    • Shallow water
    • Half a million visitors (boating, swimming, snorkeling, fishing)
  • Damage from recreational boating
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Protecting Biscayne’s Underwater Treasures.
  • Challenge of contacting visitors
  • Information/education at docks, park website, press releases
  • How to use nautical charts, use electronic navigation equipment, tide tables
  • “brown, brown, run aground!”/”blue, blue, cruise on through.”
  • Markers and buoys
  • Fines for grounding (and liability for cost of restoration)
  • How to deal with a grounding
coral restoration program
Coral Restoration Program
  • NPCA/Nature Valley
  • Coral restoration in action