Fireworks barges will not anchor on or above the
designated critical habitats. If a fireworks barge must
be positioned over a sensitive reef area, it should
maintain its position using onboard propulsion systems
or auxiliary vessels to assist rather than using anchors
or spuds to hold itself in place.
If a barge is required to anchor in a designated
critical habitat due to safety issues, anchoring will
only be allowed on sandy bottom areas and will either be
diver assisted or clear view anchorage. Spectator
vessels should not anchor on a coral reef. If a vessel
anchors in the Elkhorn/Staghorn coral critical habitat,
it should anchor over a sandy bottom that is free from
coral or Johnson's seagrass.
All vessels should maintain a lookout for endangered
species, especially sea turtles and manatees. Vessels
should proceed at a safe speed, especially at night, in
order to avoid striking any marine mammal or sea turtle.
A federal or state agency may impose a civil fine of
$25,000 and/or a criminal penalty of $50,000 and/or up
to 1 year in jail for violating the Endangered Species
Act or state statute by "taking" an endangered or
threatened species or damaging coral. A "take" is
defined as harassing, harming, pursuing, hunting,
shooting, wounding, killing, trapping, capturing,
collecting, or attempting to engage in such conduct.