As someone who cares deeply about manatees, I'm calling on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to take swift action to protect the fragile Florida manatee population.
Last year, at least 830 endangered Florida manatees perished from the effects of algal blooms, boat strikes, and other threats, leaving the population as vulnerable as ever. As warmer weather elevates threats from boats and toxins, we need to take every possible step to ensure these animals' survival.
That's why I'm requesting that you make Three Sisters Springs a true winter sanctuary for manatees; create additional Kings Bay winter sanctuaries at House and Jurassic Springs so manatees can rest undisturbed; and implement and enforce a no-touch policy for this endangered marine mammal as exists elsewhere in manatee habitat.
The record losses of Florida manatees underscores the urgent need for action that prevents further harassment and harm. Please take these important steps to ensure that Florida manatees receive all of the protection they desperately need.
This petition closed 9 months ago
Tourists harass manatees, block the entrances to the warm sanctuaries they need, and separate calves from their mothers. This gentle endangered species needs safer refuges!