Manatee Protections To Be Cut Under Bush Plan

//www.commondreams.org/news2007/0409-01.htm

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Manatee's Endangered Species Status May Be Revoked

The Florida manatee, this state's imperiled environmental icon, in 2006 suffered its most dismal year on record. Of a population of about 3,200, 416 died in 2006, the highest number of deaths recorded in 30 years of statistics. Now, according to an internal memo, the celebrated marine mammals may lose their protection as an endangered species.

//www.truthout.org/issues_06/040907EC.shtml

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Florida Manatees Could Face Fatal Downlisting

Feds seek to weaken vital protections despite record manatee deaths in 2006.
//www.idausa.org/campaigns/marine/feature_070418.html



Manatees May Lose Protections

The US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced recently the results of a five-year status review of the West Indian manatee—a species found mainly in Florida that is protected under the Endangered Species Act (ESA)—and concluded that the species no longer fits the definition of endangered. "It's not on the brink of extinction," said Dave Hankla, field supervisor for the US Fish and Wildlife Service. FWS recommended reclassification of manatees to “threatened,” a move that would remove or lessen a number of measures meant to safeguard the species. Hinkla sees the reclassification as a success story. Last year, however, speeding boaters killed 86 manatees, a 43 percent increase over the number killed 10 years before. In all, 416 manatees died in 2006, that from a population estimated to be no more than 3500. Learn more about manatees >>
//www.oceanconservancy.org/site/R?i=tBs1pO17HS-fBs-MkC_BUg..



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