Florida Manatee Rescue, Rehabilitation and Release Reimbursement Program

The Florida Manatee Rescue, Rehabilitation and Release Reimbursement Program provides funds for permitted facilities that rescue, rehabilitate and release and monitor Florida manatees.

The Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) has managed the Florida Manatee Rescue, Rehabilitation and Release Reimbursement Program for sick, injured and orphaned Florida manatees since 2000. From July 1991 through June 1999, $400,000 per year was available to reimburse the three contracted and permitted manatee rehabilitation facilities in Florida: Lowry Park Zoo, Miami Seaquarium and SeaWorld Florida.

Effective July 2000, the Florida Legislature modified this program and increased the program appropriation for the previous fiscal year and subsequent fiscal years to $1.15 million dollars and transferred management of the program to the FWRI. The program amount has since been reduced to $854,000 annually, of which $50,000 is used to reimburse the facilities for rescues and field based costs. Most reimbursement amounts are calculated with a formula and do not reflect the actual costs incurred by the facilities. The table below contains information regarding reimbursement for previous fiscal years.

 

LOWRY PARK ZOO

Fiscal Year

Amount

Manatees Treated

Manatees Released

2012 - 2013

$374,114.70

37 

2011 - 2012

$375,987.02

42

19

2010 - 2011

$495,478.81

55

19

2009 - 2010

$513,396.13

37

12

2008 - 2009

$621,007.87

28

10

2007 - 2008

$355,735.30

25

11

2006 - 2007

$335,843.20

21

11

2005 - 2006

$370,232.93

16

3

2004 - 2005

$301,556.19

15

6

2003 - 2004

$380,951.10

22

11

2002 - 2003

$355,922.08

16

7

 

SEA WORLD FLORIDA

Fiscal Year

Amount

Manatees Treated

Manatees Released

2012 - 2013 

$267,955.88 

21 

2011 - 2012

$270,599.55

25

12

2010 - 2011

$255,586.85

23

12

2009 - 2010

$398,906.52

28

11

2008 - 2009

$358,763.26

22

5

2007 - 2008

$517,523.81

25

7

2006 - 2007

$593,454.25

33

11

2005 - 2006

$510,177.65

18

4

2004 - 2005

$613,302.11

27

4

2003 - 2004

$629,342.99

21

5

2002 - 2003

$483,799.00

21

9

 

MIAMI SEAQUARIUM

Fiscal Year

Amount

Manatees Treated

Manatees Released

2012 - 2013 

$211,929.41 

9

2011 - 2012

$206,995.13

23

10

2010 - 2011

$398,933.34

38

10

2009 - 2010

$237,697.34

17

4

2008 - 2009

$169,502.64

11

6

2007 - 2008

$276,706.90

10

3

2006 - 2007

$220,702.55

12

3

2005 - 2006

$269,589.41

10

3

2004 - 2005

$235,116.29

7

3

2003 - 2004

$139,639.99

3

1

2002 - 2003

$233,722.57

7

2

 

FWRI appreciates its partners in manatee health and their many valuable research contributions.



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