PROTECTION STATUS: Endangered
YEAR PLACED ON LIST: 1973
CRITICAL HABITAT: Habitat in Citrus, Hillsborough, Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, De Soto, Lee, Collier, Monroe, Dade, Palm Beach, Martin, West Palm Beach, Volusia, Brevard, Nassau, and Duval counties, Florida designated in 1976 (map)
RECOVERY PLAN: 2001 (third revision)
RANGE: Coastal waters in the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean and Florida’s shallow rivers, estuaries, and the Everglades
THREATS: Watercraft collisions, habitat loss due to development and pollution, entanglement in fishing gear, and climate change
POPULATION TREND: The Florida manatee’s population is estimated to be approximately 3,800 individuals. Reports show that an unsustainable number of manatees are lost each year to boat collisions alone.