Sarasota Bay is a long, protected lagoon that invites boaters to explore. This enjoyable pastime plays an important role in our local and state economy. In 2013, recreational boating contributed $10.4 billion and 82,752 jobs to Florida's economy.
Boating with Seagrass
Sarasota Bay is shallow, and about half of it is covered in seagrass. Seagrasses are aquatic flowering plants that grow in meadows teeming with wildlife. These habitats are very important to our economy, fishing industry, and they provide protection from storms. When boaters run too shallow over seagrass beds, they can rip out grasses and cause propeller scars, or prop scars. Scarred areas can take years to grow back. Sometimes they never do.
Boaters can help protect seagrasses by following a few simple steps.
Tips to Avoid Seagrass
Know Your Tides
Stay in the Channel
Wear Polarized Sunglasses
Tilt Your Engine in 2.5ft or Less
Look for Water Color
Blue = deeper
Green = shallower
Brown = bad You're stirring up the bottom!