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North Florida Field Office

News Release

For Immediate Release

Date: April 20, 2001
Release #: 006-01
Media Contacts:
Chuck Underwood, 904-731-3332
Tom MacKenzie, 404-679-7198

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service statement regarding
the state action on the manatee lawsuit settlement

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is pleased to see the state move forward on this important issue and will continue to offer our support for their efforts. The Commissioners’ action opens the doorway even further for us to coordinate our actions with theirs. We believe the close coordination of our actions with those proposed by the state will lead to a balanced plan that is good for the manatee, as well as for those of us who enjoy the use of Florida’s waterways.


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal Federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the 94-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System which encompasses more than 535 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 70 national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resource offices and 78 ecological services field stations. The agency enforces Federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign governments with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Aid program that distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.

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