New decals are designed and created each year in preparation for the manatee Voluntary Contribution Campaign. As these decals help to raise money for manatee recovery around the State of Florida, your contribution to this cause is appreciated.

Now available at Florida Tax Collector offices
2015 - 2016 Give Them Space
Artwork by Mike Hunter, FWC 

The official manatee Voluntary Contribution Campaign began during the June boat registration period in fiscal year 1992-93. Chapter 327.25 (7), Florida Statutes, states that a registrant who provides a voluntary contribution of $5.00 or more shall be given a sticker or emblem by the tax collector to display, which signifies support for the Save the Manatee Trust Fund. Prior to this time, donations were received under the Manatee Donation Campaign and no decals were issued to show the donor's support.

Current year manatee decals are available at Florida County Tax Offices. These decals are given to individuals who donate $5.00 or more at the time of vessel or vehicle registration.  The donations from the manatee decals support manatee research, rehabilitation and educational programs.

FWC has a limited supply of some of the earlier decals. We would like to offer them to individuals who are interested in collecting them. Please indicate the decals you would like to obtain by checking the appropriate area on the order form and sending a check for the number of decals selected.  The decals will be sent to you within 4-6 weeks.

Paddlers can help conserve manatees

When paddling through Florida waters on a kayak, canoe or paddleboard—or even when just swimming through the water—you may encounter manatees. You can help conserve them by keeping your distance. Give these large slow-moving mammals space to surface, breathe and move freely within their habitats, which include shallow areas, seagrass beds and sanctuaries. It is important to wear polarized sunglasses to make it easier to spot manatees that are underwater. Do not offer water or food to manatees, since this alters their natural behavior and is prohibited.



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2014-2015 Manatee Decal ~Protecting Florida Manatees~

Protecting Florida Manatees
By Mike Hunter, FWC

2013-2014 Manatee Decal ~Living With Florida Manatees~

Living With Florida Manatees
By Mike Hunter, FWC

2013-2014 Manatee Decal ~Springs Help Florida Manatees Survive~

Springs Help Florida Manatees Survive
by Ann Marie Tavares

2011-2012 Manatee Decal ~Support Manatee Conservation~

Support Manatee Conservation
by Bekah Scovill

Manatee Decal 2010-2011 ~Safe Travels~

Safe Travels
by Ann Marie Tavares

2009-2010 2009-2010 Manatee Decal ~Rescue Me!~

Rescue Me!
by Deanna Parsons

2008-2009 2008-2009 Manatee Decal ~Protect Our Future~

Protect Our Future
by Austyn Bynon

2007-2008 2007-2008 Manatee Decal ~Now and Forever~

Now and Forever
by Natasha Thornton

Manatee's at Sunrise

Manatee's at Sunrise
by Donovan Foster

Manatee's in Nature

Manatee's in Nature
by Vivian Chiu

2004-2005 Manatee Decal

Waiting for Something
by Alicia del Aquila

2003-2004 Manatee Decal

Peaceful Waters
by Kathleen M. Finch

2002-2003 Manatee Decal

Peacefully Swimming Manatee
by Stephanie Lemos

I Support Manatees: 2001-2002

I Support Manatees
by JoAnne Thorne

2000-2001 Manatee Decal

Mermaids in Crystal River
by Dann 'Spider' Warren

1999-2000 Manatee Decal

by Tom Krause

1998-1999 Manatee Decal

by Tom Krause

1997-1998 Manatee Decal

by Tom Krause

1996-1997 Manatee Decal

Smiling Manatee of King's Bay
by Marcia Armstrong

1995-1996 Manatee Decal

by Tracy L. Nichols

1994-1995 Manatee Decal

by Pat Batchelder

1993-1994 Manatee Decal

Ours To Protect
by Georgia Murphy-Steadham

1992-1993 Manatee Decal

by Marrell Burgess

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