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Manatee Habitat Restoration Projects

The FWC is committed to restoring important aquatic habitats throughout Florida. In fall of 2021, the Florida legislature provided $8 million for the 2021-2022 fiscal year to the FWC to help restore manatee access to springs and restore habitat in other areas important to manatees.

The FWC’s Aquatic Habitat Conservation and Restoration Section specializes in aquatic habitat restoration and collaborates with partners to develop and implement restoration work. Staff have worked with partners to identify high-priority projects to complete over the next several years.

Other entities, including the Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program, Brevard County, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, and the St. Johns River Water Management District, are working on additional aquatic habitat restoration efforts.