The Florida Coastal Office also works to educate the public about how they can help protect seagrasses themselves. One of the hazards facing
seagrasses is propeller damage from boats, called propscars. Running into seagrass beds can also damage the vessel engine,
hull or propeller, require towing out of the seagrass bed and result in civil fines.
FCO helps boaters avoid seagrass beds
by posting signs and giving boating tips on how to recognize seagrass beds.
FCO installed 84 seagrass penalty signs at
boat ramps and other access points advising boaters that the destruction of seagrass in an aquatic
preserve carries a
penalty of up to $1,000.