Manatee Protection Plans - MPPs



What is a Manatee Protection Plan (MPP)?

An MPP is a county specific management plan developed, approved and used by federal, state and local governments to ensure the long term protection of manatees and their habitat within what is defined as the County boundaries.

In October 1989, the Florida Governor and Cabinet directed local governments in 13 "Key" counties to develop MPPs. This directive was eventually required by Florida Statute in 2002. These plans are used by FWC and the regulatory agencies when reviewing permit applications for new or expanding boat facilities.

As of 2007, all 13 “Key” counties have FWC-approved MPPs, which include: Brevard, Broward, Citrus, Collier, Duval, Indian River, Lee, Martin, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, Sarasota, St. Lucie and Volusia counties. Counties that were not designated as “Key” counties by the Governor and Cabinet may want to consider developing an MPP in order to facilitate the review of boat facility development in their counties. 

FWC Approved MPPs

Electronic copies of MPPs may be available on some county websites. To learn more about MPPs and their various components, please review the resource information below. 


Year Approved or

Last Revision

Brevard 2003
Broward 2007
Citrus 1997
City of Jacksonville (Duval) 2014 
Clay 2006
Collier 1995
Indian River  2004 
Lee 2004 
Martin 2002 
Miami-Dade 1995 
Palm Beach 2007
Sarasota 2011
St. Lucie 2002
Volusia  2005


Resources for MPPs

A Handbook for Developing and Revising Manatee Protection Plans in Florida  Adobe PDF (106Kb)

FWC August 2000 Boat Facility Siting Guide Adobe PDF (70Kb)

Recommendations to Improve Boating Safety and Manatee Protection for Florida Waterways (1989 Governor and Cabinet Recommendations) Adobe PDF (4.6MB)


If you need additional information regarding MPPs, contact staff in the FWC Imperiled Species Management Section at


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