Apply Science To The Manatee Issue
in The State of Florida
Petitioned to Governor Jeb Bush beginning July 2002
Note: While this petition is not restricted to Florida residents
only, it is expected that Florida resident's signatures will have the
most impact. We are permitting out-state signatures since there are
many people who feel strongly about this issue and spend significant
vacation time and money in the State of Florida.
We the undersigned request that you, as our Governor of the State of
Florida, make a formal request to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS)
to investigate the condition, plight, endangered status, and the rules
and regulations imposed by non-elected Bureaucrats to protect the future
of manatees in the State of Florida.
We further request that the NAS investigate the negative impact caused
by record state manatee populations on the environment and other marine
life forms living in the same habitat. We ask that seagrasses and other
marine vegetation be part of this study because water based plant life
has been disappearing at alarming rates in areas where manatees live
year round. This could affect all life forms and might be a contributing
factor regarding the decline in populations of many species of fish
in south Florida waters.
We further request that the NAS investigate the effect human intervention
has had on the normal migratory instincts of manatees. We ask the NAS
to determine if warm water discharge from power plants and shallow water
canals interfere with migratory instincts, and whether they should be
gated or otherwise modified in some manner to stop manatees from using
them year round.
Therefore, we ask you, as Governor, to stop the environmental insanity
surrounding manatees and save our boating rights.
Please accept our petition with all due respect.
I have read the above petition and agree with its contents. The
above information is my registered voter address, or, if I am not registered,
my legal address, I am qualified to vote, and will so register prior
to the next election.
Please note that indicating "Yes" to the question about
future petitions will generate email to you only about petitions
on fishing, boating and marine conservation issues. See our petition
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