FLORIDA — This month is National Manatee Awareness Month, and in recognition of the month, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has released its 2022-23 Manatee Decals. Sea turtle decals are also available.
These waterproof decals are brightly illustrated and look great on watercraft, car bumpers, or anywhere you want to show your support for these native species.
New decal designs are released each July and can be purchased with a $5 donation when you register or re-register a vehicle or boat at local tax collector offices across the state. Funds raised through decal donations go directly to support manatee and sea turtle search, rescue and management efforts.
This year’s decal themes draw more attention to specific conservation issues:
- “Manatees in Motion” is a reminder that manatees roam Florida’s waterways and move between freshwater rivers and springs, brackish waters, and salty coastal waters. If you see evidence of a manatee nearby while boating, such as the characteristic round water plume of the “manatee footprint”, slow your boat or turn off your engine until you can locate it and move to a safe distance.
- “A Generation of Protection” highlights the many years of obstacles turtles face on their journey from hatchlings to mature adults with their own nests, a process that can take 20 to 30 years. Lights on a nesting beach, personal watercraft, and marine debris can all negatively impact a turtle’s life cycle.
This year’s manatee sticker also helpfully displays the FWC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922), where you can report an injured, entangled, or sick manatee or sea turtle.
Learn more about how to help conserve manatees here and sea turtles at and here, where you can also purchase earlier versions of decals to complete your collection.
Another way to show your support for these species is to purchase a “Save the Manatee” or “Helping Sea Turtles Survive” license plate from the Florida tax collector’s office.
For more information on how to get involved, visit the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida website.