As we restore beds of eelgrass, it’s important they stay protected in order to grow and flourish for years to come. One of the biggest threats to the sea floor are hazardous anchoring practices and damage caused by propellers.
Anchors must be lifted before moving a boat and propellers need to be propped up when passing through shallows. Even if a boater is only moving a few feet, it can cause scars to the bottom of the waterways that last decades. This slows the growth of helpful vegetation, removes the primary food source and safe havens for manatees and other sea life and destroys eelgrass that was carefully planted to rehabilitate the area.
Save Crystal River’s Responsible Anchoring Program offers rebates towards the purchase and installation of power pole anchors for qualifying tour operators and anglers.
To learn more and find out if you qualify, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org