The Marine Mammal Section of the Fish and Wildlife Research
Institute (FWRI) is dedicated to protecting and conserving the
Florida manatee through scientific research and education.
Biologists at FWRI help conserve Florida manatees by identifying
and reducing causes of mortality, disturbance and injury; by
protecting essential habitats needed by manatees; by monitoring the
status of these endangered animals; and by coordinating activities
needed to protect manatees.
The Florida Legislature has set aside funds to identify
technological solutions for reducing collisions between boats and
Read about manatee research programs involving the Fish and
Wildlife Research Institute and other marine organizations and
By photographing manatees with distinct features researchers are
able to track individual manatees over time and examine life
history traits of the population.
Read about aerial surveys; synoptic surveys, including counts of
manatees; and population assessments.
Determining animal movements and habitat use are important aspects
of the manatee research conducted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife