The probability that the Florida Manatees population will increase in 50 years seems a very likely event. This is because wildlife conservationists are still intervening and protecting the species and its habitats even though the manatee is no longer on the Endangered Species list. It was taken off back in March of this year.
The U.S. Geological Survey and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute announced findings from a research conducted and concerning the manatees and the likelihood of its population increase.
The Florida Manatees Population Could Continue Increasing Over The Next 50 Years
The U.S. Geological Survey has been urging the National Marine Fisheries Service to commute the manatee status from endangered to threatened since January last year.
The Florida Manatees population has increased significantly since they were added to the endangered list back in 1991 when their count was an indication of their imminent extinction.
This population grew from 1,267 in 1991 to 6,620 when they were counted last year. Though the species was removed from the endangered species list, federal protections will be upheld for them under the Marine Mammal Protection Act.
Wildlife conservationists will be facing quite some difficulties as they encourage the Florida Manatees population to continue increasing One of the most significant challenges is the protection of their habitats. The Fish and Wildlife Service claims the manatee will be confronting habitat loss in the forms of environmental deterioration.
Or/and it will be facing the disintegration of their home grounds along the south Florida coast and the loss of winter migration territories. Other problems that may affect the population increase are fatal boat collisions and poaching. Research shows that these habitat and environmental changes will compel the manatee population to move north. In turn, this could lessen the south Florida population.
It is a definite possibility that the Florida manatee population will continue to increase even though the species faces certain difficulties. The manatee is still federally protected, and wildlife conservationists will continue to intervene in the protection of their habitats from environmental factors. These are the biggest threat to the South Florida population.
Manatee conservationists will take necessary action to keep habitats intact and to accommodate the manatee population so that they will continue thriving and making South Florida waters their home.
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