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Officers taking action to save Florida manatees

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Updated: 5/24/2013 1:52 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is taking steps to save the Florida manatee this boating season.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and other local law enforcement agencies came together Friday to perform a marine detail in the manatee protection zones along the Saint Johns River.

In 2013, 607 dead manatees have been recovered by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. More than two dozen of those deaths are determined to be caused by boaters.

JSO says the main goal is to make sure all boaters on the waterways know the laws on the water. Authorities also want to make sure boaters understand laws against boating while under the influence are strictly enforced.
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