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. To provide direction, a Florida Statute was created to define the decal process. It 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. This decal process is still in effect today.
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.
2023-2024 Decal: "Healthy Manatees and Healthy Habitats"
This year’s manatee decal is an awareness reminder that manatees need healthy habitats to thrive. Manatees are herbivores, feeding on a variety of submerged, emergent and floating plants. These aquatic plants not only provide necessary food to Florida’s manatees, but are also vital underwater ecosystems, providing food, habitat and nursery areas for numerous fish and wildlife species.
The decal’s conservation message focuses on improving water quality to protect and restore healthy seagrass communities. The FWC implements aquatic habitat restoration projects around the state collaboratively with partners and stakeholders. You can help by avoiding shallow grass beds while boating, eliminating the use of lawn fertilizers that can leach into waterways, participating in local habitat restoration projects, and by purchasing this year’s manatee decal.
Your actions and support benefits Florida’s manatee conservation efforts.
Decal artist: Mike Hunter, FWC.