Florida groups file lawsuit against feds over manatee deaths


The crisis facing manatees along Florida’s east coast is getting worse and isn’t going away anytime soon. Three conservation groups say inaction amplifies the crisis. They are suing the federal government, which they say has failed to protect the marine animal’s critical habitat. US Fish and Wildlife accepted protection 12 years ago but never did anything about it, according to Save The Manatee Club executive director Patrick Rose. “They still think it’s important to do it. But we can’t count on a decade later that it’s something they wanted to do, we have to know it’s something they will do,” Rose said. There is growing concern this year over malnutrition. rare. Part of protecting their habitat is also protecting their food source. Amy Ross, who used to visit manatees in the De Soto Channel at Satellite Beach, says she sees the costume as a means to an end. If the government can help, and what it needs to get help. I say go for it,” Ross said. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and US Fish and Wildlife have formed a joint commission on the manatee crisis. On Wednesday, they took stock. Without commenting on the lawsuit, they said the death toll was on pace with last year’s record high of 1,100. In the short term, they intensify the lettuce feeding program. “The seagrass problem will not be resolved by next year, so we anticipate that we may have to repeat this process next winter. Using the lessons learned from this winter,” said FWC’s Tom Reinert .FWC (myfwc.com)

The crisis facing manatees along Florida’s east coast is getting worse and isn’t going away anytime soon.

Three conservation groups say inaction amplifies the crisis. They are suing the federal government, which they say has failed to protect the marine animal’s critical habitat.

US Fish and Wildlife accepted protection 12 years ago but never did anything about it, according to Save The Manatee Club executive director Patrick Rose.

“They still think it’s important to do it. But we can’t count on a decade later that it’s something they wanted to do, we have to know it’s something they will do,” Rose said.

There is growing concern this year over malnutrition. Seagrasses, the basic food source of manatees, are rare. Part of protecting their habitat is also protecting their food source.

Amy Ross, who used to visit manatees in the De Soto Channel at Satellite Beach, says she sees the costume as a means to an end.

“Obviously they are dying, so they need help. If the government can help, and that’s what they need to get help. I say go for it,” said said Ross.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the US Fish and Wildlife have formed a joint commission on the manatee crisis.

On Wednesday, they took stock. Without commenting on the lawsuit, they said the death toll was on pace with last year’s record high of 1,100.

In the short term, they intensify the lettuce feeding program.

“The seagrass problem will not be resolved by next year, so we anticipate that we may have to repeat this process next winter. Using the lessons learned from this winter,” said FWC’s Tom Reinert .

If you would like more information and help with manatees, please visit East Coast Manatee Mortality Event: 2020-2022 | FWC (myfwc.com)

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