Fort De Soto Park adds signs to curb dolphin feeding

7:59 PM, Dec 4, 2013   |    comments
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St. Petersburg, Florida -- If you head out to Fort De Soto Park this weekend, you may noticed some new signs to help protect the area's dolphins.

Fort De Soto Park officials say they've has received several complaints in the past few months of people feeding the wild dolphins from the pier.

Biologists and NOAA Fisheries warns that human interactions with bottlenose dolphins at fishing piers puts dolphins at risk of serious injury or death from being entangled in fishing gear.

To address the problem, biologists have added about 40 placards at the Gulf and Bay piers at the park with the hopes of stopping the feeding problem.

If you're caught doing so, you could face fines up to $100,000.


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