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Pinellas manatee protection zone meeting gets heated pushback from boaters listen

09/26/14 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, US Fish and Wildlife Service, boaters, pinellas, speed zones, manatees, boating, FWC, Pinellas County, treasure island


Some Pinellas County boaters are upset about proposed manatee protection zones. Thursday night’s public information session at Treasure Island City Hall was supposed to put the finishing touches on plans which have been in the works for more than a year. But, many in the crowd were irritated about fuzzy statistics and lack of transparency.

Twenty-one slow-speed zones are being proposed to help cut down on manatee deaths. But most of the people in the audience spoke out saying the restricti...

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Feds consider weakening protections for manatees from endangered to threatened status listen

07/01/14 Janelle Irwin Medium_manatees_jan_2008_crystal_river_sean_2008_03120052

Protections for manatees could soon be weakened. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Tuesday it will consider upgrading the marine mammal’s status from endangered to threatened. Jaclyn Lopez is an Florida attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity.

The Fish and Wildlife Service will take about a year to make a decision and there will be opportunities for public input.

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Pat Kemp talks with Chris Costello of Sierra Club listen

11/19/13 Pat Kemp
Last Call Tuesday
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Tags: water, Chris Costello, Sierra Club, manatees, pollution, Everglades

Pat Kemp talks with Chris Costello of Sierra Club about the growing toxic blooms and pollution in waters across the state including the death of more than 700 manatees this year.

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St. Pete Times environmental reporter Craig Pittman on the BP oil disaster

07/27/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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BP's outgoing Chief Executive Officer Tony Hayward said today that the Gulf of Mexico oil well disaster represents a failure for the entire deep water oil and gas drilling industry, not just for BP alone.

Hayward told investment professionals in a web cast (and quoted by CNN), "The industry needs to re-evaluate safety". His comments came after the BP board announced it would replace him October 1 with Robert Dudley, the head of the company's U.S. Gulf cleanup effort.

BP claims that it a...

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Manatees dying seven times more than sustainable level listen

12/30/09 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A Federal report shows that the Florida manatee death rate is seven times the sustainable level. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service released their stock assessment report on manatees, which says that boat collisions account for the vast majority of manatee deaths.

In 2007 The Center for Biological Diversity sued U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service for not releasing a [stock assessment report](

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