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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service offers online assistance for Florida marine event coordinators


Contacts:
USFWS Ken Warren, (772) 469-4323

May 24, 2017

VERO BEACH, Fla. -- Florida's boating support and waterway planners, as well as marine event coordinators, can now receive 24-hour online assistance to help plan projects that contribute to the conservation of manatees and other marine wildlife through the Information for Planning and Consultation (IPaC) website. IPaC is an online tool which provides information on protected species and habitat that may occur in a specific area.

In December 2016, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) introduced a new IPaC feature, an online list of questions to determine if projects comply with the Service’s current Florida Manatee Key and Guidance to Proceed with Marine Events Authorized by the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG). Qualified projects receive a consistency letter from IPaC, which can be submitted with the Federal permit application to streamline the project review process.

The Florida Manatee Key addresses U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ permit applications for in-water activities throughout Florida, which include: maintenance dredging; placement of fill material for shoreline stabilization; construction of docks, marinas, boat ramps, boat slips, dry storage or other watercraft access structures or facilities; and construction or placement of other in-water structures.

The Guidance to Proceed with Marine Events covers in-water events authorized by the USCG in South Florida, including fireworks, boat regattas and parades, blessing of a fleet, fishing tournaments, sailboat and motorboat races, and non-motorized boat activities.

For more information, visit IPaC at https://ecos.fws.gov/ipac/. A short video showing the new feature can be found at the top of the IPaC homepage.

 

Last updated: June 28, 2018