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Support manatee, sea turtle conservation with decals

By Staff | Jul 17, 2020

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission recently unveiled its 2020 manatee and sea turtle decals. New editions of the collectible stickers are released every July and are available with a $5 donation online or at the local tax collector’s office.

The high quality, waterproof stickers feature original artwork and are designed to look good on a vehicle’s bumper or the side of a boat. They can also be found on laptops, water bottles and coolers.

Proceeds from the decals help fund manatee and sea turtle conservation efforts.

“Proudly displaying your manatee or sea turtle decal is a great way to raise awareness about the challenges facing these iconic Florida species,” Ron Mezich, who leads the FWC’s Imperiled Species Management Section, said. “And even more importantly, all proceeds from the decals go directly to helping these species and conserving their habitats.”

The decals also spotlight important conservation issues:

– The “Observe with Care” decal shows an adult manatee and calf swimming above a bed of sea grass. In the 1960s, legendary wildlife researcher Jacques-Yves Cousteau helped raise awareness about Florida manatees worldwide. Continue this legacy of conservation today by always using caution when boating, enjoying manatees from a distance, and encouraging friends and family to do the same.

– The “Protect Florida Sea Turtles” decal features a close-up photo of a loggerhead hatchling. There are many ways to help protect sea turtles, including keeping the beach dark by not using lights or lit cell phones at night. Also, “clear the way at the end of the day” – when you leave the beach after a day of fun, always make sure to fill in any holes, pick up trash, and put away toys and furniture.

To view and order past editions of decals, type “decals” in the search box at MyFWC.com.

For more on conservation information, visit MyFWC.com/Manatee or MyFWC.com/SeaTurtle.