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Our Work

Our Core Values

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Jimmy Buffett

Singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett

Who We Are:

Save the Manatee Club is an award-winning national nonprofit 501(c)(3) and membership-based organization established in 1981 by renowned singer/songwriter, Jimmy Buffett, and former U.S. Senator, Bob Graham, when he was governor of Florida.

Why We Need Your Support:

Human activities are harming manatees, and only our compassion and action can protect them.

Manatees are Florida’s official state marine mammal. They are listed as endangered at the international level by the IUCN World Conservation Union. They are listed as threatened at the federal level by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and at the state level by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). Their listing status is largely due to human activity. Since record-keeping began in 1974, more than 41% of manatee deaths where cause of death was identified were human-related – and almost 34% were due to watercraft collisions (the largest known cause of manatee deaths). With increased awareness, education, regulations, and enforcement, manatee deaths caused by humans could be substantially reduced, and the eventual recovery of the species could be realized. 

Our Mission:

Our mission is to protect manatees and their aquatic habitat for future generations.

Our Objective:

Our objective is the recovery and protection of manatees and their aquatic ecosystems throughout the world.

Our Goals:

In order to recover the manatee population – or delist the species – our goals are:

  1. To protect ample healthy habitat to support a stable or growing manatee population
  2. To reduce manatee harassment, injuries and deaths from human activity
  3. To ensure that sufficient regulations have been adopted to accomplish these goals.

Our Work:

In order to accomplish our objective and goals we concentrate our efforts on reducing the negative impacts to manatees and their aquatic habitat caused by human activity through:

  1. Increasing public awareness and education
  2. Sponsoring research, rescue, rehabilitation, and release efforts
  3. Advocating for strong protection measures, such as boat speed zones and sanctuaries
  4. Taking legal action when appropriate

We also assist scientists and educators in the Wider Caribbean, South America, and West Africa with their conservation efforts.

Our Core Values:

  1. Supporting the most effective conservation actions possible.
  2. Making science-based decisions and supporting science-driven policies
  3. Demanding accountability from policy-makers
  4. Working cooperatively

Activities and Accomplishments by Year:

Read a 35-year retrospective of Save the Manatee Club and its manatee conservation work (pdf)

See highlights of 2016 programs and activities (pdf)

See highlights of 2015 programs and activities (pdf)

See highlights of 2014 programs and activities (pdf)

See highlights of 2013 programs and activities (pdf)

See highlights of 2012 programs and activities (pdf)

See highlights of 2011 programs and activities (pdf)

See highlights of 2010 programs and activities (pdf)

See highlights of 2009 programs and activities (pdf)

See highlights of 2008 programs and activities (pdf)

See highlights of 2007 programs and activities (pdf)

See highlights of 2006 programs and activities (pdf)

See our accomplishments from 1997 - 2005 (pdf)

Board of Directors

Past Board Members (pdf)

Latest 990 Filing (pdf)

Latest Financial Statements (pdf)

Privacy Policy

Best in America Seal

The Independent Charities Seal of Excellence is awarded to the members of Independent Charities of America and Local Independent Charities of America that have, upon rigorous independent review, been able to certify, document, and demonstrate on an annual basis that they meet the highest standards of public accountability, program effectiveness, and cost effectiveness. These standards include those required by the US Government for inclusion in the Combined Federal Campaign, probably the most exclusive fund drive in the world. Of the 1,000,000 charities operating in the United States today, it is estimated that fewer than 50,000, or 5 percent, meet or exceed these standards, and, of those, fewer than 2,000 have been awarded this Seal.