FWC biologists work with various agencies to rescue injured manatees.
Staff at the Marine Mammal Pathobiology Lab (MMPL) and field laboratories are responsible for responding to calls regarding injured manatees. A network of personnel from various agencies and organizations work with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) biologists to rescue and transport manatees to rehabilitation facilities. The rescue program is increasing biologists' capacity to successfully identify and capture injured and sick manatees by using telemetry equipment, acquiring additional rescue vessels, and implementing a larger network of first responders and verifiers.
What to Do When You See a Sick or Injured Manatee
2012 Preliminary Rescue Table
2011 Rescue Table
2010 Rescue Table
2009 Rescue Table
2008 Rescue Table