New decals are designed and created each year in preparation for the manatee Voluntary Contribution Campaign. As these decals help to raise money for manatee recovery around the State of Florida, your contribution to this cause is appreciated.
The official manatee Voluntary Contribution Campaign began during the June boat registration period in fiscal year 1992-93. Chapter 327.25 (7), Florida Statutes, states that a registrant who provides a voluntary contribution of $5.00 or more shall be given a sticker or emblem by the tax collector to display, which signifies support for the Save the Manatee Trust Fund. Prior to this time, donations were received under the Manatee Donation Campaign and no decals were issued to show the donor's support.
Current year manatee decals are available at Florida County Tax Offices. These decals are given to individuals who donate $5.00 or more at the time of vessel or vehicle registration. The donations from the manatee decals support manatee research, rehabilitation and educational programs.
FWC has a limited supply of some of the earlier decals. We would like to offer them to individuals who are interested in collecting them. Please indicate the decals you would like to obtain by checking the appropriate area on the order form and sending a check for the number of decals selected. The decals will be sent to you within 4-6 weeks.
2020-2021 Decal: "Observe with Care"
This year’s decal celebrates the legacy of care for manatees that wildlife researcher Jacques-Yves Cousteau began fifty years ago. His documentary, “The Forgotten Mermaids” exposed the underwater world of manatees to the public who then embraced the challenge to care about and protect manatees for future generations. The decal caption, “Observe with Care” encourages all to use caution when boating, to allow manatees to use their warm-water sites undisturbed and to quietly enjoy watching manatees. Through your support of the FWC’s conservation efforts and by carefully observing manatees in the wild, you can continue to fulfill Cousteau’s legacy of care for Florida’s manatees.
Decal artist: Mike Hunter, FWC.