Are Florida Manatees In Decline? – IDEAS For Us

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) recorded 819 manatee deaths from January 1, 2021 to June 25, 2021,1 182 more deaths than recorded in total in 2020 (637 deaths).2 

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has  declared the Atlantic Florida Manatee crisis as an “Unusual Mortality Event” (UME), due to the significant die-off of the manatee population, demanding an immediate response. The FWC records show that more than 5 manatee deaths have been recorded every day since January 1, 2021.