On February 20, 2016, the USFWS held a public meeting regarding their proposal to change the status of manatees from endangered to threatened.
I attended the meeting and spoke out for our beautiful manatees to keep the endangered status and the strongest possible protections. The threats to their health and safety are only going to continue to increase in coming years, not decrease!!
Mr. Craig Pittman wrote about the hearing in the Tampa Bay Times.
Here is the video of me speaking at the meeting in Orlando on February 20, 2016:
The USFWS is taking written comments on the potential downgrade until April 7, 2016. This is a very important issue and I think you should tell the USFWS to keep the manatee endangered. This is how you can contact them:
Electronically: Click the following link to go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal http://www.regulations.gov
In the Keyword box, enter docket number FWS-R4-ES-2015-0178. Then in the search panel on the left under the Document Type heading, click on the Proposed Rules link to locate this document, and enter your comments.
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