The decision to not change their status was not taken lightly.
The Florida manatees’ numbers have more than doubled since the initial 1991 survey. The 1991 survey recorded only 1,300 manatees in Florida waters, although even this was an improvement on estimated lows before the 1979 inclusion of the animal on the endangered species list. The current manatee population in Florida is estimated at about 2,800 animals. Their population has raised questions about their status as endangered.