Florida Manatee Program

manatee_waving.jpgWhere Can I See Manatees?

During the winter months, manatees head for warm waters, such as springs and power plant discharges. For the remainder of the year, manatees are widely dispersed. The following is a list of some of the places where you can see the endangered Florida manatee in captivity or in the wild.

Report a distressed or dead manatee.



Now available at Florida Tax Collector offices
2015-2016 Decal: Give Them Space

2015-2016 Manatee Decal:  Give Them Space

FWC approves amendments to the manatee protection rule for Pinellas County (6/24/15)

Manatee Management Plan Adobe PDF(2.2Mb)

The first Manatee Management Plan was developed and approved in December 2007. Staff are reviewing the plan to develop one for the next five year period and will provide any needed updates.

A Boater's Guide to Living with Florida Manatees Adobe PDF


FWC Management


The Florida manatee is a native species found in all parts of the State. Protections for Florida manatees were first enacted in 1893. Today, they are protected by the Florida Manatee Sanctuary Act (§379.2431(2), Florida Statutes) and are federally protected by both the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Endangered Species Act.

FWC helps to protect and conserve manatees and their habitat through:

Imperiled Species Management Section (ISM)

FWC - Imperiled Species Management Section (ISM) staff conduct reviews of county specific Manatee Protection Plans, environmental resource permits, and other planning documents such as comprehensive plans.

FWC-ISM staff also oversees the process of promulgating manatee protection boat speed and access rules and administers activities related to these rules. Staff evaluates data and develops proposed rules for consideration by the Commission.




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Manatee Related Links Sirenia Project

To report an injured, dead, harassed or orphaned manatee
Call: 1-888-404-FWCC (3922)
Cellular phone: *FWC or #FWC
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