2003-2004 Save the Manatee Trust Fund Annual Report
the Manatee Trust Fund Annual Report (1.52 MB)
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This is the annual status report on expenditures from the Save
the Manatee Trust Fund (STMTF). Each year, the report is provided
to the President of the Florida Senate and the Florida Speaker of
the House of Representatives.
Funding for the state's manatee-related research and
conservation activities is provided primarily from the STMTF, which
receives money from sales of manatee license plates and decals,
boat registration fees, and voluntary donations. Revenues for
fiscal year (FY) 2003-2004 totaled $3,612,062. Expenditures for the
same period were pproximately $3,794,000, with $325,000 provided
for manatee research activities at Mote Marine Laboratory and a
charge to General Revenue of $107,639. Details are presented in pie
charts in the report.
Expenditures from the STMTF were made for the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission's (FWC) manatee programs: $382,320
provided to the Division of Law Enforcement; $1,054,038 for
management activities within the Division of Wildlife's Bureau of
Protected Species Management (BPSM); and $1,649,696 for research
activities coordinated by the Florida Marine Research Institute
(FMRI) in St. Petersburg. The report includes budgetary analyses
for individual research and management program efforts, followed by
summaries of the work performed.
The Florida manatee is native to Florida's coastal and riverine
waters; both the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the FWC
list the manatee as an endangered species. Manatees have been
protected in Florida since 1892. Federally, both the Marine Mammal
Protection Act and the Endagered Species Act protect manatees.
Current state efforts to recover the population are guided by the
Florida Manatee Sanctuary Act [Section 370.12 (2), Florida Statute]
and the federal Florida Manatee Recovery Plan of 2001.
In FY 2003-2004, the FWC's manatee program, in cooperation with
the USFWS, continued efforts to bring together stakeholder groups
to foster constructive dialog. FWC and USFWS developed a joint
position statement and an action plan to clearly express the core
values and the needs of the state and federal manatee conservation
effort. The USFWS Florida Manatee Recovery and Implementation Team
was reinstated in FY 2003-2004, and many FWC staff were asked to
serve on various working groups and task forces to promote recovery
of the species.
Although great strides have been made toward recovering the
Florida manatee, there are still human-related and natural factors
that could negatively affect the long-term survival of the species.
With continuing management, law enforcement, outreach, research,
and partnerships, the FWC hopes to ensure that there will be a
viable manatee population in Florida's future.
Editor's note: Under the legislatively approved structural
reorganization of the FWC, the office became the Boating and
Waterways Section of the Division of Law Enforcement, the Bureau of
Protected Species Management became the Imperiled Species
Management Section of the Division of Habitat and Species
Conservation, and the Florida Marine Research Institute became the
Fish and Wildlife Research Institute on July 1, 2004.
Prior to July 1, 2004, the Fish and Wildlife Research
Institute was known as the Florida Marine Research Institute. The
institute name has not been changed in historical articles and
articles that directly reference work done by the Florida Marine
As of July 1, 2004, the Bureau of Protected Species Management
is now known as the Imperiled Species Management Section. The
section name has not been changed in historical articles and
articles that directly reference work done by the Bureau of
Protected Species Management.