MANATEE DOWNLISTING- 10 NOVEMBER 2006, Stan Davis
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The state says FloridaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s efforts to save the manatee have paid off. And they want to make some changes that reflect their success. Manatee advocates donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t agree and say that the what the state calls success looks a lot like a new assault on the marine mammal. Stan Davis has the storyÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
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Two days after the elections, FloridaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission released its draft of the stateÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s new plan for the management of manatees. And it has some manatee advocates up in arms about its intent to remove existing protections for the animals. WMNF spoke with Patrick Rose, Executive Director of the Save the Manatee ClubÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
[Actuality 1- Stan & Pat- Ã¢â‚¬Å“Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ThereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been a plan Ã¢â‚¬Â¦Ã¢â‚¬?]
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, though, doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t see its efforts in the same light. We asked Commission spokesperson, Willie Puz to explain this draft proposal from the stateÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s perspectiveÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
[Actuality 2- Puz- Ã¢â‚¬Å“Ã¢â‚¬Â¦WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve gone through a yearlong process Ã¢â‚¬Â¦make the stateÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s manatee management better.Ã¢â‚¬?]
Again, Floridians have until January 11, 2007 to participate in the final draft of the Manatee Management Proposal.
Outro: That was WMNFÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Stan Davis reporting.