Chassahowitzka NWR Complex
Phone: 352-563-2088 Fax: 352-795-7961
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Release #: CHS 12-07
Aerial Manatee Survey
from the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge conducted an aerial survey of
King’s Bay: 18 + 8 calves = 26
Total: 56 + 20 calves = 76
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal Federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting, and enhancing fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the 97-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System, which encompasses more than 556 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 69 national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resource offices and 81 ecological services field stations. The agency enforces Federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign governments with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Aid program that distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to State fish and wildlife agencies.