Document Type

Internship Report

Publication Date

Spring 2015

Abstract

Miami-Dade County is consistently a top-ranked county in Florida for boating accidents and fatalities. It is also home to Biscayne Bay, filled with unique, fragile marine resources that are both ecologically and economically significant. Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserves is tasked with preserving the natural ecosystem and providing public access to the resources for the present and future generations. However, communication with boaters is difficult, yet important for disseminating information about protecting the natural resources and boat safety. One of the most common methods of communication is educational, non-regulatory signage in boat ramps and marinas. An intercept survey and mail surveys were conducted to determine the boaters’ level of use of signage. The results of the surveys suggest that boaters do not use signs to plan trips on the boat and signage is an inefficient use of an agency’s resources. This study highly recommends that BBAP’s Resources should instead be focused on other forms of communications such as internet campaigns and partnerships with other government agencies as well as news and weather stations.

Comments

Department: MAF

MPS Track: CZM

Location: Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserves Florida Coastline Office, Florida Department of Environmental Protection

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