New Manatee Alert App Designed to Help Manatees
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For Immediate Release: August 20, 2013
A Florida-based corporation, EarthNC, through their conservation
venture Conserve.IO, has teamed up with Save the Manatee Club to help
boaters reduce the chance of hitting and harming manatees in Florida
waterways, with the free “Manatee Alert App.” This smart phone-based
map displays instructive visual alerts, notifying boaters when they are
approaching manatee speed zones. It also helps facilitate the reporting
of injured manatees and manatee harassment to the proper authorities to
ensure urgent help where needed.
Manatee Alert App notifies boaters when they are approaching manatee
speed zones and helps facilitate the reporting of injured manatees and
manatee harassment. (Manatee photo © David Schrichte)
new Manatee Alert App is a good example of how smart phone technology
can help the public become better informed, help protect an endangered
species, and contribute to preserving our environment,” says Brad
Winney of Conserve.IO. “With the majority of the public now having some
form of smart phone or tablet, applications like Manatee Alert can
provide safety and conservation messages in real-time.”
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During the busy holiday weekends and throughout the year, manatees are
especially vulnerable to the heavy boat traffic moving through the
waterways in every direction. Florida’s manatees have already suffered
a catastrophic year due to a prolonged red tide event in southwest
Florida and an unknown toxin in the Indian River Lagoon. There have
been 742 manatee deaths from all causes so far through September 6, 2013,
which is higher than any previous year’s total mortality, with
exception of the cold stress mortality event in 2010. At the current
rate, the mortality for 2013 will likely break all previous yearly
mortality records since record keeping began.
In addition to these complex events, boat collisions continue to pose a
serious long-term threat to the manatee population. “Since many
manatees inhabiting Florida waters bear the scars from past encounters
with boats, use of the Manatee Alert App can go a long way towards
preventing such injuries and deaths,” says Dr. Katie Tripp, Save the
Manatee Club’s Director of Science and Conservation.
Tripp is excited about the new app’s ability to help boaters help
manatees. “People from all over the world vacation in Florida and many
recreate on Florida waters. Public awareness and education to reach
residents and visiting boaters are essential keys to manatee
The Florida boating community is encouraged to get the free Manatee
Alert App as well as Save the Manatee Club’s free public awareness
materials to help prevent manatee injuries, suffering, and death.
Waterproof boating banners, dock signs for Florida shoreline property
owners, boating decals, and waterway cards containing safe boating
information, are available by contacting Save the Manatee Club via
e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, by regular mail at 500 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland, FL 32751, or by calling toll free at 1-800-432-JOIN (5646). Click the following link to get manatee protection tips for boaters on the Club’s website.
Go to http://bit.ly/15EYen6
to download the free Manatee Alert App. Conserve.IO, based in Delray
Beach, Florida, develops mobile applications for conservation
organizations. For more information, go to www.conserve.io.
Save the Manatee Club, a Florida-based international nonprofit
conservation and manatee welfare organization, was started in 1981 by
U.S. Senator Bob Graham and singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett so the
general public could participate in conservation efforts to save the
endangered manatee. The Club is now one of the largest organizations in
the world devoted to the protection of a single species. Watch manatees
in their natural habitat on the Club’s Blue Spring webcams at manatv.org.
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