Great news for us, but now the STMC will go after the lawmakers to change the criteria for endangered vs. threatened.
They said, and I quote;
"The findings of the FWCC should serve as a warning that we must reduce human-related manatee mortality and other negetive impacts to manatees and their habitat".
We know that they stay in the area because the discharge water from the power plants is warm all year round. Mantees will not migrate to warmer water because of this. What the power companies need to do is mix the discharge water with cool water to reduce the temperature to ambient water temp. This includes winter time too. The water temp in winter drops low enough to force the manatees to migrate to warmer water. By reducing the discharge temp to seasonal ambient they will move on in place of moving in.
How hard could that be?
These waters are not part of their natural habitat. If we could reduce the water temp they will move south and possibly stay there or reduce the number that does come back.
Just my .02 worth.