Biscayne National Park Warnings and Dangers

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    Boating Hazards

    by grandmaR Updated May 1, 2007

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    If you boat to the Stiltsville area (or anywhere else in the park) DO NOT RUN AGROUND! Some of the ground is shallow, and has protected sea grass beds. There are hefty fines involved. When we visited Bill Baggs park, we saw a sailboat with the sails up which didn't appear to move at all. We thought they might be aground.

    There is a little rhyme to help you remember what the water colors mean that goes something like this:

    Blue Blue Sail Right Through
    Green Green Go Between
    Yellow Yellow Will Ground a Fellow
    Brown Brown Run Aground

    Other Rules
    # When anchoring, the anchor, anchor chain or line should not be in contact with coral. Use mooring buoys that are provided. If one is not available, ask to tie off another stern. If neither option is available, carefully anchor in the sand.
    # Always consult and carry the local NOAA nautical chart to determine safe courses of navigation. Use channels, don't take shortcuts.
    # If you run aground: immediately turn the engine off. Do not try to motor off. Wait until high tide to remove the vessel. Call for assistance when necessary.
    # Motor slowly parallel to the reef, in deep water, until a mooring buoy is selected. Turn and idle directly to the buoy without meandering among other boats. Reverse this procedure when motoring to another site.
    # Regulations prohibit littering. Do not discard your chum box, fishing line or trash into the water.
    # Hand feeding fish is discouraged . Such activity changes the natural behavior and diet of the fish.

    The area is also a NO DISCHARGE zoon.

    Sailboat aground Lighthouse in Hawk Channel Another ATON (aid to navigation near Key Biscayne Brown, blue and green water Chart of shallows areas (light blue)
    Related to:
    • Sailing and Boating
    • Fishing
    • Diving and Snorkeling

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    Warning Signs

    by Basaic Written Apr 30, 2010

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    Please obey all warning signs; they are there for your safety and to preserve the park for the enjoyment of future generations. Stay out of restricted areas and only fish in designated areas.

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    Related to:
    • Fishing
    • Hiking and Walking
    • National/State Park

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