Manatees to Live Through Coming Century April 28, 2017
A recent technical study released by the U.S. Geological Survey contributed to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s proposal to reclassify manatees from endangered to threatened, though the same federal protective guidelines will apply under both designations. Using computer analysis and forecasting, ecologists predict manatees’ longevity is good, and Florida has available habitat to support the growing population. When the manatees were declared endangered nearly 40 years ago there were only about 1,000 left. After years of public education campaigns, boating limits, and other protections in which MIASF has participated, including the Broward County Manatee Protection Plan, the manatee population has rebounded to more than 6,000.