I cant believe it’s been ONE YEAR since I started asking the FWC to feed starving manatees mechanically/manually harvested hyacinths and hydrilla.
To acknowledge the morbid anniversary, this past weekend I endured the cold temps to manually remove hyacinths from a lake that had not been sprayed with deadly herbicide chemicals.
I did this in order to conduct an experiment:
How long does it take for hyacinths to turn into ‘mush?’
‘Harvested aquatic plants will turn into mush and we can’t give mush to manatees’
is the reason the FWC gave me, in response to my multiple requests to feed the manatees non-sprayed hydrilla and hyacinths in an EMERGENCY FEEDING PROGRAM.
I was ecstatic to see the sign below posted at the lake
This lake has no deadly chemical spraying and uses fish to control excessive aquatic vegetation.
And guess what?!?
The water was clean; the ecosystem functioning; and the fish, crawdads and birds were active and healthy.
I will be submitting my findings and experiment results to the FWC, in a continued effort to #StopTheStarve of our beloved manatees and get spray bans issued throughout the state.
Our city/county/state/federal governments have been poisoning our waters and lands with deadly herbicide chemicals… killing our fish, birds, wildlife, ecosystems and people for YEARS