The Manatee Research Program (MRP) conducts year-round studies of manatee behavioral ecology, distribution, habitat use, genetics, and population status in Florida. The MRP also provides advice on manatee conservation and research actions throughout Florida and the wider Caribbean, and staff further advise conservation projects for sirenians (manatees and dugongs) globally.

The Mote MRP is one of three organizations (along with the State of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the U.S. Geological Survey Sirenian Project) participating via formal Memorandum of Understanding in organizing and maintaining a statewide Manatee Photo Identificattion System (MIPS) catalog. Long term aerial and photo-identification surveys throughout the year have proven valuable to local and county efforts to manage manatees in ways that attempt to balance human activities and sustainability of manatees and their habitat.

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