Florida Manatee - Issues and Information
Manatee Myth: Florida Manatee - Native to Florida?
Federal Manatee Protection Areas (Refuges & Sanctuaries)
2012 Draft Revised Florida and Antillean Manatee Stock Assessments Available for Review and Comment
Manatee swims near Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge
Photo: Keith Ramos, USFWS
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has developed draft revised marine mammal stock assessment reports (SAR) for the two West Indian manatee sub-species: the Antillean manatees in Puerto Rico and the Florida manatee.
The formal Notice of Availability published on Wednesday, March 28, 2013, in the Federal Register. A public review and comment period is now open for 90-days. Comments and supporting information must be received on or before June 26, 2013.
Comments and supporting information must be submitted using one of the following methods:
Please indicate to which revised stock assessment report(s)—the Antillean manatee or Florida manatee—your comments apply. We will not accept email, faxes or submissions sent to an address other than as outlined above. All comments will post on http://www.regulations.gov under Docket No. FWS-R4-ES-2012-0081.
Draft Florida manatee SAR - PDF - 164KB
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Improves Manatee Protection in King's Bay
Female manatee and nursing calf.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today finalized a proposal to improve protections for manatees in Citrus County, including establishing a year-round manatee refuge in Kings Bay, its tributaries, and adjoining water bodies upstream of the confluence of Kings Bay and Crystal River. In the winter, Kings Bay’s warm water springs host the largest natural concentration of manatees in Florida.
The final rule establishing the manatee protection area in Kings Bay will help provide greater protection to manatees – including protections from collisions with boats – while providing continuing opportunities for manatee viewing, recreation, and boating activities that are important to the local community near Kings Bay.
12-Month Warranted Finding on a petition to revise critical habitat for the Florida manatee
Manatee Stock Assessment Reports (SAR)
2011 Florida Manatee Project Key Programmatic Assessment