The 2021 end marks one of the most difficult years for Florida manatees.
Manatees are facing unprecedented threats from toxic algal blooms, habitat loss, and boat strikes. We call on Deb Haaland, the Interior Secretary to restore protections for endangered species of manatees to protect these gentle sea-cows and the ecosystems they depend on.
Our sea cows are starving
Manatees eat mainly on seagrass beds that have been smothered with pollutants. Excessive amounts of toxic algaClimate change has intensified the problem. Hundreds of manatees are now starving.
Despite this, four year ago, Trump administration has removed manateesThe manatees were made to go from being endangered to threatened.
Reversing the decline
Manatees are an endangered species and it is crucial to ensure that 2022 is a better year than the one they have now.
This status will ensure that manatees will have their critical habitat protected and that the U.S. will not be impacted by it. The Fish and Wildlife Service will be directing Fish and Wildlife Service to develop a recovery plan.