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Articles

  • Several manatee silhouettes from below with sun beams.

    ‘I had to do something’

    September 11, 2017 | 3 minute readHe was sick of watching the televised radar images, that big red storm heading steadily his way. With Hurricane Irma still hours south of his Bradenton home, Marcelo Clavijo said he’d had enough. Learn more...

    Manatees at Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, FL. Photo by David Hinkel, USFWS.

  • The sun sets over a lush green marsh cut in half by a calm brackish channel.

    Many partners work together to protect “the Amazon of the South” for generations to come

    July 12, 2017 | 13 minute readIt meanders 137 miles through the wild heart of Georgia, a blackwater beauty that nourishes longleaf pine forests, cypress swamps, saltwater estuaries and the barrier islands that protect the Atlantic coast and migratory birds alike. Learn more...

    Salt marsh along the Altamaha River. Photo by Nicole Vidal, USFWS.

News

  • Four manatees and a school of fish assemble under crystal clear water.

    Manatee reclassified from endangered to threatened as habitat improves and population expands - existing federal protections remain in place

    March 30, 2017 | 4 minute readRead the release in Spanish. On the heels of Manatee Appreciation Day, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced the downlisting of the West Indian manatee from endangered to threatened. Notable increases in manatee populations and improvements in its habitat allowed the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to change the species’ status under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The downlisting comes after diverse conservation efforts and collaborations by Florida and other manatee states, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Caribbean nations, public and private organizations and citizens, there have been notable increases in manatee populations and improvements in its habitat. Read the full story...

    Manatees at Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. Photo by David Hinkel.

  • A group of manatees swims near the surface of clear blue water.

    Service releases access plans for Three Sisters Springs for the upcoming winter season

    September 15, 2016 | 5 minute readThe U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has established updated, science-based protocols to help determine when Three Sisters Springs is open for in-water wildlife viewing this winter. “Our goal is to be fully transparent on how we make day-to-day decisions for in-water public access to Three Sisters Springs this winter,” said Joyce Palmer, the new Project Leader for the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge Complex. “We know that cold weather and high tides increase the likelihood of higher numbers of manatees inside the springs, but other factors will also be considered to ensure manatees are not disturbed. Read the full story...

    Manatees swim close to the surface and frequently come up for air. Credit: Jim Reid, USFWS.

  • A manatee partially covered in algae looks directly into the camera surrounded by a school of fish.

    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reclassify West Indian manatee from endangered to threatened

    January 7, 2016 | 5 minute readMIAMI, FL – As a result of significant improvements in its population and habitat conditions, and reductions in direct threats, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced today that the West Indian manatee is proposed to be downlisted from endangered to threatened status under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The proposal to downlist the manatee to threatened will not affect federal protections currently afforded by the ESA, and the Service remains committed to conservation actions to fully recover manatee populations. Read the full story...

    Manatee. Photo by S. Whitecraft, USFWS.

  • A group of manatees swims near the surface of clear blue water.

    Service extends comment period for proposed management changes at Three Sisters Springs

    November 23, 2015 | 1 minute readIn response to requests received from the local community and elected officials, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is extending the comment period by more than three weeks on a draft proposal for the future management of Three Sisters Springs at Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge through Friday, December 18, 2015. “In conversations with tour operators, the Citrus County Chamber of Commerce, and congressional representatives, we believe extending the comment period on our revised proposal is needed,” said James Burnett, project leader for the Northwest Florida National Wildlife Refuge Complex. Read the full story...

    Manatees swim close to the surface and frequently come up for air. Photo by Jim Reid, USFWS.

  • A group of manatees swims near the surface of clear blue water.

    Service offers refined alternative for access to Three Sisters Springs

    November 10, 2015 | 4 minute readA refined proposal to provide access to Three Sisters Springs at Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge is being released today and it includes three noteworthy changes from an August draft proposal released by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. After reviewing more than 2,600 comments from citizens, local leaders and the business community, the Service released a revised draft Environmental Assessment for public comment that it believes better matches up its need to protect manatees with local tourism and business interests and its partnership with the City of Crystal River. Read the full story...

    Manatees swim close to the surface and frequently come up for air. Credit: Jim Reid, USFWS.

  • A manatee partially covered in algae looks directly into the camera surrounded by a school of fish.

    2014-2015 Three Sisters Springs management strategy to remain in place until draft environmental assessment is finalized

    October 14, 2015 | 2 minute readEarlier this year, Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge developed a Draft Environmental Assessment for in-water activities at Three Sisters Springs for public review and comment. The Service received more than 2,600 suggestions during the comment period. Additionally, the City of Crystal River made substantive recommendations with an alternative approach. As a result, the Refuge is currently evaluating comments and revising the Draft Environmental Assessment based on the public’s input. “The comments from the public and our partners were very helpful, and we thank you for your interest,” said Andrew Gude. Read the full story...

    Manatee. Photo by S. Whitecraft, USFWS.

  • Two florida manatees grazing on the rocky bottom of a lagoon.

    Fish and Wildlife Service proposes winter restrictions on swimming, paddling with manatees at Florida’s Three Sisters Springs

    August 5, 2015 | 5 minute readNew long-term management steps are being proposed to address record numbers of manatees wintering in Three Sisters Springs and substantial increases in the number of people wanting to see these endangered animals in their natural habitat. The Service outlined three management alternatives in a draft Environmental Assessment (draft EA) it released today ranging from no change to current practices, to limiting swimming opportunities, and halting all in-water viewing. The draft EA examines protection measures under each alternative and proposes to move forward with Alternative C - an option that significantly limits, but does not altogether prohibit swimming with manatees. Read the full story...

    Florida manatees grazing. Photo by Jim Reid, USFWS.

  • Several manatee silhouettes from below with sun beams.

    Manatee enforcement effort slated for Brevard County

    May 20, 2015 | 3 minute readThe U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will initiate a joint enforcement effort over the weekend of May 22nd to enforce the federal and state Manatee zones in Brevard County. The joint enforcement effort will run from Friday, May 22nd through Monday, May 25th. Along with USFWS and FWC agents and officers, numerous federal, state and local marine enforcement units from the area will be participating in the enforcement detail to enforce not only the manatee protection zones but other legal requirements on the water, as well. Read the full story...

    Manatees at Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, FL. Photo by David Hinkel, USFWS.

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