The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s announced that its 2022-23 manatee and sea turtle decals are now available.
According to a news release, these waterproof stickers are “colorfully illustrated and look right at home 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’s office.
The funds raised go directly toward supporting research, rescue and management efforts for manatees and sea turtles.
This year’s decal themes bring additional attention to specific conservation issues:
“Manatees in Motion” provides a reminder that manatees travel throughout Florida’s waterways and move between freshwater rivers and springs, brackish waters and coastal salt waters.
If you see evidence of a nearby manatee while boating, such as the signature round “manatee footprint” water plume, slow your vessel or shut 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 nests of their own, a process that can take 20 to 30 years.
Lights on a nesting beach, motorized watercraft and marine debris can all negatively impact turtle lifecycles.
This year’s manatee decal 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.
The release adds: “Another way to show support for these species is by purchasing a ‘Save the Manatee’ or a ‘Helping Sea Turtles Survive’ license plate at your local Tax Collector’s office.”