|The primary author of this site, Matt Clemons, has served as a board member of Save the Manatee and runs their Do Not Disturb member tours. He has also been
presented with a Manatee Hero award by SMC for his long standing advocacy for the manatee.
Matt has a degree in Wildlife Conservation from the University of Florida. While at UF, Matt was employed by the Florida Co-Operative Fish and Wildlife Research
Unit. He worked on sport fishery research projects in North Central Florida and the Everglades and manatee studies in Southwest Florida.
He has also served with the Florida Marine Research Institute (FMRI ) now a part of FWCC) as a manatee biologist, served on the Citrus County EcoTourism
Committee and sat on the Manatee Advisory Committee of Citrus County. He is a certified Eco-Heritage Guide and instructed a portion of the University of North
Florida's Eco-Heritage Guide Certification Program entitled "Environmental Ethics and Sustainability". He now runs ecotours including manatee observation
|CEO's for Wild Manatees
|If you are a concerned citizen or ecotour operator and want to see wild manatees stay wild, please sign our pledge. There
is no fee, no call for donations, just a request that you abide by the FWCC Guidelines and encourage others to do so as
well. Click the "Submit My Pledge" Button Below
|"Enjoy your travels in this great land of
ours, and remember, it’s our
responsibility to keep wildlife wild."
Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf
U.S. Army, Retired
|Please support those Businesses that have taken the Pledge. Click Here for Tour Provider Member Profiles
|If you choose to use one of the ecofriendly tours listed above, please drop us a note and tell us about your
experience. Was it as represented ?
|In the short video above, the first sequence shows the right way to swim with manatees, the last part (different swimmer)
shows the wrong way. Video used by permission, Tracy Colsen (Nature Coast Kayak Tours).
|When viewing manatees, please obey the principles of
ethical wildlife viewing. Observe from a distance, and
practice passive observation. Help us keep manatees wild
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|Site Copy of ManateeProtection.com, a
response to a local tour operator's misleading
website ManateeProtection.org which had
nothing to do about protecting manatees.