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Manatee Projects

The Marine Mammal Section of the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) is dedicated to protecting and conserving the Florida manatee through scientific research and education. Biologists at FWRI help conserve Florida manatees by identifying and reducing causes of mortality, disturbance and injury; by protecting essential habitats needed by manatees; by monitoring the status of these endangered animals; and by coordinating activities needed to protect manatees.



Manatee Avoidance Technology

The Florida Legislature has set aside funds to identify technological solutions for reducing collisions between boats and manatees.

Partners in Manatee Health Research

Read about manatee research programs involving the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute and other marine organizations and research facilities.

Manatee Photo-identification Program

By photographing manatees with distinct features researchers are able to track individual manatees over time and examine life history traits of the population.

Population Monitoring and Aerial Surveys

Read about aerial surveys; synoptic surveys, including counts of manatees; and population assessments.

Radiotelemetry and Tracking

Determining animal movements and habitat use are important aspects of the manatee research conducted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.


FWC Facts:
Some seagrass beds, such as those in Florida Bay, are so large they are visible from space.

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