In May of 2013 we reported that the Pacific Legal Foundation was suing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to down list from endangered to threatened the manatee species found in the warm waters of Florida and elsewhere on the Atlantic Coast. Their client, Save Crystal River, Inc., opposes new federal boat speed regulations [...]

Recently, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) announced that over several days in February a team of 20 observers from 11 organizations counted 6,630 manatees in Florida this winter. The east coast count was 3,333 and 2,730 on the west coast of the state during this year’s aerial survey. This count exceeded the [...]

During 2013 a total of 829 manatee deaths were documented by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). This was the highest number recorded since scientists began keeping records in the 1970’s and amounts to 16% of the manatee population in Florida. A third of these deaths (276) were due to red tide. Manatees are [...]

The Indian River Lagoon is located on Florida’s east coast. It is a shallow water estuary that has one of the most diverse ecosystems in North America. It stretches across 40 percent of Florida’s east coast, spanning 156 miles that contain more than 600 species of fish and more than 300 kinds of birds. It [...]

There were about 300 manatee deaths in Southwest Florida in 2013 due to red tide. The toxins from red tides affect them when they breathe them in or ingest them while munching on sea grass. Through extensive response efforts, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation and partners rescued 16 manatees suffering from the effects of [...]