Help protect Manatees in Belize

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Help us protect Manatees in  Belize (Small Boat, Trailer and Truck fudraiser)
The “ Belize Manatee Conservation Progrm” coordinated by Jamal Galves, is organizing a fundraiser to help save and protect our manatees. Mr. Galves, the Belize Manatee Program Coordinator for Sea to Shore Alliance (S2S) works to protect threatened coastal species and their habitat, in particular the West Indian manatee. Belize has the highest known density of Antillean manatees, a subspecies of the West Indian manatee, in the world. Unfortunately, because of rapidly increasing coastal development, human related manatee deaths are rapidly increasing.  Boat kills and habitat destruction are currently the major threats to the survival of manatees in Belize. Research conducted by S2S have been used by the Belize government to establish sanctuaries, speed zones and other actions that help ensure the survival of manatees in this remarkable country.

 

With the increase in report of manatee strandings (from 11 in 2009 to 39 in October 2015) and the  lack of the necessary resources our response to these stranding has been limited.  To try and address these glitches we are organizing  a fundraiser with hopes to raise enough funds to purchase a truck and a small boat that will aid us greatly in our response to the growing numbers of reports. Securing these vehicles for the Protect Our Manatees Belize program  will alleviate the dependency on others to transport a manatee to the rehabilitation center, or having to wait for someone to offer their boat to respond to a sick or injured manatee in the event of an emergency rescue.  All these instances require rapid and timely response, which can determine the difference in rescuing a sick/injured animal or towing away a dead carcass.

 

You can play a huge role in helping us to make a difference for these gentle giants.
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I would like to take this time to personally thank every single person who assisted to make this become a reality! For years we have been depending on kind individuals, partnering organizations and caring supporters to assist with responding and transporting stranding manatees.

We are extremely grateful to you all for the years of support! With the support of many individuals who attended our fundraisers, bought tickets, purchased items or just cared enough that they sent in their donation simply because they care. I have received letters, envelopes with notes of encouragement and money sent to me from all over the world, here on our gofundme page and abroad from housewives, students, plumbers, car sales man, teachers, volunteers, business owners, retirees etc Some of whom are people that cannot afford to send money but do! Why?? because they care! Because they love this animal and they want to protect it. Because we all want to ensure that these gentle giants have a fighting chance, and to ensure they are here for the next generation to endure as we have.

These are the folks that makes us at Sea to Shore Alliance see the light at the end of the tunnel, and that the effort will not go in vein. Because of all that support and assistance from so many people too many to mention but you all know who you are. We have now our very own manatee (marine mammal rescue truck). To all of the supporters of this effort, who may not have been able to have support financially but have always give a word of encouragement, kept us in your thoughts, show up to assist and volunteer or even spread the message to others. Your support does not go unnoticed and is truly appreciated! We are getting there slowly, by receiving this much needed truck we are able to better responding to incidents and more able to transport animals across the country to and from the rehab canter for medical care. We do still need your help in securing a small boat and engine to aid in our effort to respond to reports, patrolling known manatee areas with heavy boat traffic to ensure boaters are adhering to the signs and manatee zones etc. Most important to respond more efficiently in cases of reported manatee injures which are so common today. As a timely response does determine if we are rescuing an alive and injured manatee or moving away a dead carcass as we was not able to respond in an as a much timely manner as we would have love to due to lack of vital resources. So we continue to seek your assistance with this crucial effort to save the endangered Antillean manatees. I humbly ask your support and kindly ask that you continue to share this important effort.

You can learn more about our organization’s initiatives by visiting sea2shore.org or by following us on social media and follow me on facebook by liking my page Jamal A. Galves (manateeman) and following me. If you’re interested in speaking to someone about our programs or how you may be able to get involved in protecting coastal resources, please feel free to contact me directly.

"The fight for the survival of our aquatic friends (manatees) will require more than just efforts by conservationist and a few caring individuals, this fight is not one they can fight alone but one that requires a change in all human behaviours that negatively impact not only manatees but the entire marine ecosystem". Jamal A. Galves

Thank you!
Jamal Galves
We thank you from our entire team
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Our Belize Manatee Project team was just starting to think it possible that they would finish the week without a dead manatee reporting but sadly, a deceased female calf was found late this evening. The team has not been able to get through a full week without the report of a dead manatee since the start of 2015.

Manatee mortality is still very high in Belize and the need for continued conservation efforts is more pressing now than ever. #SupportS2S #manatees #belizemanatee #protectourmanateebelize
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The Belize Manatee Project

As far as charismatic creatures go, dolphins, whales, turtles and sharks seem to have a monopoly in the marine world. But not to be outdone, manatees have been a source of fascination for seafaring cultures since the time of the ancient Greeks. History tells us that at one point salt soaked sailors even mistook these slow moving mammals with their round faces, paddle-like tails and human like eyes for mermaids.

Belizean Jamal Galves knew a manatee when he saw one but that doesn’t mean he didn’t fall in love. And his affection for these gentle herbivores has propelled the need to protect manatees into our everyday consciousness. On average, manatees can live as long as 50 to 60 years in the wild, largely because they have no natural predators. But today manatees are an endangered species due to threats including boat collisions, destructive gear and even poverty.

But if Galves has anything to say about it, Belize’s population of the West Indian manatees will always be one of the healthiest in the world. Oceana Belize is proud to introduce 2014 Ocean Hero, Mr. Jamal Galvez.


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Created July 7, 2014
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The KEEP (KuTunza Environmental Education Programme) based inside the Sittee River Wildlife Reserve (All Pines) is about to start work on manatee conservation, we should touch base Jamal!

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