Tag: ume

Stephanie Murphy Calls on FWS to Investigate Rising Number of Manatee Deaths

Between January 1 and February 26 of this year, the state recorded 403 manatee deaths, about triple the normal level. According to recent reports, manatees may be starving due to a decline in seagrass, their primary food source.

Charlie Crist: USFWS Needs to Examine Increased Manatee Deaths

Crist wrote the USFWS, urging it to declare a Marine Mammal Unusual Mortality Event (UME), which would have more resources focused on determining why the increase of manatee deaths.