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On September 7 – International Manatee Day and Labor Day – Remember the Manatees

The Club’s family-friendly public awareness sign teaches Florida’s residents and visitors of all ages how to behave responsibly when manatees are near.

For further information, contact:
Janice Nearing, Director of Public Relations
Phone: (407) 539-0990
E-mail: jnearing@savethemanatee.org

Note: High resolution jpegs (300 dpi) of manatee images or the Club’s public awareness materials are available upon request.

For Immediate Release
: August 26, 2015

Celebrate one of the world’s most extraordinary animals on International Manatee Day, which also falls on Labor Day this year. An upswing in boating traffic is expected on Florida’s waterways during the busy long weekend, putting manatees at even greater risk. Save the Manatee Club encourages recreational boaters to be prepared to help protect the endangered species by requesting a variety of the Club’s free public awareness materials.

Save the Manatee Club produces and distributes bright “cautionary” yellow boating banners with the message, “Please Slow: Manatees Below.” Displaying these popular waterproof banners helps alert other boaters to manatees in the area. Free shoreline property signs, weatherproof boat decals, and waterway cards that feature manatee protection tips in English, French, Spanish, and German, are available, too. The Club also produces a family-friendly outdoor sign for high traffic sites to teach the public “manatee manners” and help curb manatee harassment.

‘We have received thousands of requests for outreach materials over the years and have provided free signage to dock owners, municipalities, and county governments to raise manatee awareness,” says Patrick Rose, Save the Manatee Club’s Executive Director. “For decades, we have led efforts to secure funding for Florida’s rescue, rehabilitation, and release program. We’ve also been able to expand our international efforts from Mexico and Belize to Senegal, Liberia, and Nigeria. We’ve bought food for orphaned baby manatees and provided all kinds of educational materials to students around the globe.”

Save the Manatee Club is an award-winning international nonprofit conservation organization in operation since 1981 when it was co-founded by singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett and Bob Graham, former Florida Governor and U.S. Senator. The Club is the recognized worldwide leader in manatee education and conservation efforts.

More “Manatee Protection Tips for Boaters” can be found on the Club’s website at savethemanatee.org/boatertips. Also download the free Manatee Alert App for iPhones and iPads at http://bit.ly/15EYen6, which notifies boaters when they are approaching manatee speed zones and facilitates the reporting of injured manatees and manatee harassment. Also check out the Club’s new animated boating video, “Share the Waterway,” at https://youtu.be/rmDSpaRPrBg.

Send requests for the Club’s free public awareness materials via email to education@savethemanatee.org or by calling toll free at 1-800-432-JOIN (5646).

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