Manatee populations have been decreasing for over one hundred years.This Article examines the history of species protection and focuses on why species deserve protection. Part III identifies the particular problems facing the manatee. Part IV explores the development of manatee protection policies, while Part V considers the implementation of these policies. Part VI evaluates the existing manatee protection program and suggests alternatives. Finally, Part VII concludes that although once considered visionary legislation, the MSA today does not effectively serve to protect manatee populations and is in need of legislative amendments to strengthen and expand its protective capabilities.
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