One Planet: Conservation groups sue federal government to protect Florida manatees
On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet series, we discuss the future of Florida manatees. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, more than 1,100 manatees died in Florida last year— nearly double the five-year average — with most dying of starvation.
Several environmental organizations have sued the commission for failing to revise outdated critical habitat for Florida manatees over the manatee deaths. What needs to change and what will it take to save the manatees?
Jaclyn Lopez, Florida director and staff attorney for the Center for Biological Diversity
Patrick Rose, executive director of Save the Manatee Club
The Center for Biological Diversity: As Deaths Soar, Lawsuit Seeks to Protect Critical Habitat for Florida Manatees
University of Miami: No longer endangered, manatees now face another crisis