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Manatee Research

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.



Manatee Photo-identification Program

By photographing manatees with distinct features researchers are able to track individual manatees over time and examine life history traits of the population.

Population Monitorting

Read about aerial surveys; synoptic surveys, including counts of manatees; and population assessments.

Partners in Manatee Health Research

Read about manatee research programs involving the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute and other marine organizations and research facilities.

Radiotelemetry and Tracking

Determining animal movements and habitat use are important aspects of the manatee research conducted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Manatee Avoidance Technology

The Florida Legislature has set aside funds to identify technological solutions for reducing collisions between boats and manatees.

Manatee Internships

The Marine Mammal Subsection offers a variety of manatee internships including positions that work on photo identification and GIS projects in St. Petersburg, as well as positions that assist field stations with manatee rescue, carcass salvage, and research in other areas around the state.


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