Imperiled Species

Florida's Imperiled Species Management Plan

Participate in the Imperiled Species Management Plan


Here is your chance to read, review and comment on the draft Imperiled Species Management Plan (ISMP) for wildlife species in Florida. This comprehensive plan addresses 57 species and identifies priority actions from each of the 49 Species Action Plans.


One of the most important species in the Imperiled Species Management Plan is you. This plan is an innovative, integrated plan for conservation, like none tried before in Florida or in the U.S. It is designed to conserve 57 fish and wildlife species over the next 10 years. It includes Species Action Plans addressing individual species needs and Integrated Conservation Strategies benefiting multiple species and shared habitats. The support and actions of Floridians are equally important to making this plan successful. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) drafted the plan with significant input from stakeholders and the public, and that opportunity for input will continue. Once the plan is approved by Commissioners in 2016, the FWC needs committed partners, both individuals and organizations. We encourage you to get involved in helping this plan work – whether you are a volunteer citizen-scientist collecting data in the field, a private landowner conserving imperiled fish and wildlife on your property, or a business, school or resident spreading education and awareness about how to protect species and restore habitats. Your participation is critical in making the Imperiled Species Management Plan a living document, one that delivers on its goals and actions to conserve these 57 Florida species for future generations. 

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Florida’s Endangered and Threatened Species list Adobe PDF.

Under Article IV, Section 9 of the Florida Constitution,External Website the FWC has constitutional authority to "exercise the regulatory and executive powers of the state with respect to wild animal life and fresh water aquatic life, and shall also exercise regulatory and executive powers of the state with respect to marine life..." However, whales, manatees, and sea turtles are managed under statutory authority granted by the Florida Legislature.

Additional Rules and Regulations:

Thank you for your interest and support for listed species recovery in Florida.

Other Species-specific pages:


FWC Facts:
Manatees, like their relatives - elephants, hyraxes and aardvarks - have a long gestation period and can regrow their teeth.

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