The federal reclassification of manatees in the list of endangered species has brought some people to celebrate the manatees while in others it arouses concerns from many.
The manatees have been reclassified as threatened after the Fish and Wildlife Commission found 6,620 that live in the waters of Florida this last month. There has been an increase in manatees’ population since 1973 when they were first listed under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.
Even though this has been the third year since about 6 thousand manatees have been counted, the new reclassification brings concerns for what this could mean for the manatees. However, there was data from the past 6 years where manatees’ deaths increased through a rise in population numbers.
Environmentalists have fears that the manatees increased population might be a way of imperiling them.
The Center for Biological Diversity has warned against the boat trafficking and loss of habitat which can affect the manatees. There is also the accelerated climate change and pollution that can affect the manatees’ habitat.
A report released in 2014 found that the at least 688 manatees were reported dead due to the boat collisions between the years 2008 and 2014. A number that is 10 percent the reflection of the current population of the manatees.
To the director of the Save Manatee Club, sees the reclassification from the federal at the time as an undermine chance to securing the manatees’ long-term survival. With a new administration that is threatening to cut 75 percent of the regulations including the protection of the wildlife, air and water quality is being seen as a political move to downlist the manatees.
Although, the manatees will still be protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act and still be under the protection of the Endangered Species Act. There is still needs to be protection for the manatees to keep them from extinction.
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