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Saturday 20 January 2018
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If the manatees die, so do we

THE EDITOR: Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS) commend the Manatee Conservation Trust for its increased efforts in securing the future of our local manatee population. It is of the utmost importance that we as a nation remember that humans are equally dependent on the natural habitat of these species. If the animals die, so do we.

At this very moment, unregulated activities in our extractive and agricultural sectors, such as quarrying in invaluable watershed areas and the spraying of chemical pesticides and fertilisers, threaten the integrity of our riverine ecosystems, water tables and aquifers.

Given these realities, perhaps this research team would consider broadening the terms of its study to include other real threats to lower food chain organisms and the natural habitats on which our local manatee population is dependent.

Again, we congratulate the trust on its tireless efforts. We are confident that with the full support of our governments, the partnership with the US geological survey team will lead to an increased understanding of, and greater habitat conservation for, manatees and other less recognised lower food chain organisms and species.

Terrence Beddoe
Gary Aboud FFOS

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