State Researchers Release Biological
Status Review of Florida Manatee
Recommendation: take the manatee off the state’s endangered list
(Released October 9, 2002)
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St. Petersburg - After a careful review of the manatee’s status
in relation to the State of Florida’s listing criteria, biologists
with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's (FWC) Florida
Marine Research Institute (FMRI) have drafted a preliminary report recommending
that the Florida manatee be down-listed from endangered to threatened.
The preliminary biological status review has been sent to a panel for
external scientific review. Because this is a preliminary report, that
has not yet undergone peer review, the recommendation is only that, and
is subject to change. Based on peer evaluations, staff will produce the
final biological status report and present their recommendation to the
Commission during their January meeting. If the Florida manatee is down-listed,
protection will still be in place. Before any change to the status of
the manatee could be implemented a management plan will have to be developed
for the species.
Included in this release is a list of frequently asked questions regarding
the biological status review, information on the listing process and criteria.
Listing Process & Criteria: Code 68A-27
Manatee Biological Status Review FAQ's
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