Fish and Wildlife Research Institute

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Save the Manatee Trust Fund and License Plate

Funding for the state of Florida's manatee-related research and management activities is provided primarily from the Save the Manatee Trust Fund (STMTF), which receives money from sales of manatee license plates and decals, boat registration fees, and voluntary donations.



Manatee License Plate

Read about the manatee license plate, including how to purchase a manatee license plate, where the revenues go, and information about the 2007 redesign of the license plate.

Manatee Decals

New decals are designed and created each year in preparation for the manatee Voluntary Contribution Campaign. These decals help raise money for manatee recovery around the Florida, your contribution to this cause is appreciated.

Annual Reports

Read and download the Save the Manatee Trust Fund annual reports.



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Smalltooth sawfish double their length from 2.5 feet at birth to 5 feet by the end of their first year in Florida’s estuarine nurseries.

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