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Volusia MPP Should Include "Manatee Protection"
Save the Manatee Club has been advocating for improved manatee protection, including boat speed zones, in Volusia County, Florida for years. Volusia County is one of the 13 "key" manatee counties that offer important feeding, resting and migratory areas for manatees. Historically, most of the human-related manatee mortality has occurred in these counties. In the past 10 years, Volusia County has seen the 4th highest number of watercraft-related manatee mortalities in Florida.
Through litigation, we successfully got the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to enact slow speed zones in some areas, but much broader improvements to the speed zones are still needed to protect manatees from existing levels of boat traffic, not to mention the likelihood of increased numbers of boats.
Unfortunately, the Volusia County Manatee Protection Plan (MPP) is on the move again -- and not in a good way. This phase involves boat facility siting, and the proposed plan is still inadequate to protect manatees.
Our Blue Spring adoptees use Volusia County waters and need your help! Please let Ken Haddad, Executive Director of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, know that an MPP should include Manatee Protection! Add your comments below and fill in the information to the right.