The state and an environmental group are battling over whether Florida violated the Endangered Species Act when it comes to manatees

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is blamed for sewage discharges into the Indian River Lagoon that is a key for manatees.

Environmental groups could sue the feds for delays in determining if manatees are reclassified as endangered

In 2022 the groups asked the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reclassify manatees from a threatened species to an endangered species.

A record number of manatees are flocking to an Apollo Beach canal. Why?

Listen: Manatees have been flocking to a popular canal in Apollo Beach at record rates. The manatees gather in the clean, warm water discharge canal of a Tampa Electric Power Station. Above the canal is...
Conservation photographer Carlton Ward Jr.

Photographer Carlton Ward Jr. widens conservation efforts to the Gulf of Mexico

Photographer Carlton Ward Jr., who has spent years trying to protect and preserve the Florida Wildlife Corridor, is now turning his conservation efforts on the Gulf of Mexico. Ward, whose images of Florida panthers and...

Manatee deaths decrease in 2023 in Florida

©2024 The News Service of Florida After seeing a surge of deaths in 2021 and 2022, the number of manatees that died in Florida last year dropped to 556, according to preliminary information posted on...

SWFWMD video shows hundreds of manatees at Three Sisters Springs in Crystal River after the shoreline was restored

SWFWMD says the manatees are "a great demonstration of why we recently restored the shoreline around Three Sisters Springs."
Mosaic sinkhole

What we know about the latest possible tear in a Mosaic gypstack liner at its New Wales plant in Florida

There’s a possible leak of water at a Polk County phosphogypsum stack owned by the giant fertilizer company Mosaic.
The Scoop: WMNF Daily News Digest

The Scoop: Thurs., October 12, 2023 Tampa Bay & Florida headlines by WMNF

Medicaid processing issues A state Senate committee met yesterday morning in Tallahassee to discuss Florida’s turbulent Medicaid redetermination process. One key topic on the table was excessively long wait times for Medicaid’s call center.  ...

Feds will review protections for manatees, including a possible endangered species re-listing

Federal wildlife officials will consider whether manatees should be classified as an endangered species, pointing to the loss of seagrass.
Tom Ries

A non-profit is trying to save manatees by restoring seagrass

Seagrass is in decline around Florida, including Tampa and Sarasota bays, and that’s proven deadly for manatees. Tom Ries is trying to do something about that.
The Scoop: WMNF Daily News Digest

The Scoop: WMNF’s daily digest of news headlines for Wednesday, July 12th, 2023

Record heat is devastating marine habitats as scientists grapple with solutions The first week of July has been the hottest week in recorded history. But it’s not just air temperature records that are being broken....

Save the Manatee Club warns public not to use glitter-filled floatation devices

Environmental advocates are asking people not to use glitter-filled floatation devices because of their potential to harm wildlife.

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