Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge is in charge of protecting manatees in Kings Bay, particularly during the
winter manatee season. The refuge
mainly protects manatees by managing the winter habitat areas where manatees
rest. Some examples are: enforcing existing winter sanctuaries,
expanding sanctuary areas when necessary and closing the few manatee
aggregation areas that are opened to the general public (Three Sisters Springs,
Jurassic Springs and House Springs). The
refuge also enforces the Kings Bay Manatee Protection Area year-round and
rescues injured and orphaned manatees within all of Kings Bay.
The refuge staff expects to have a Draft CCP available for public review and comment in 2016 with a Final CCP available later in 2016. Stay tuned for more details, and sign up for the mailing list to receive updates.