MSN - AP World http://syn2.thecanadianpress.com:8080/mrss/feed/fcf7391a2f354311807f0501c16bde6a MSN - AP World Copyright © 2010-2018 The Canadian Press. All rights reserved. http://www.rssboard.org/rss-specification Mon, 24 Jan 2022 23:07:24 +0000 Manatees die in record numbers amid food scarcity http://syn2.thecanadianpress.com:8080/mrss/feed/fcf7391a2f354311807f0501c16bde6a/7c2ce3f8a16b475d9e8a436fb63186e6 Florida has experienced an unprecedented die-off of manatees in 2021, with 959 documented deaths as of Oct. 1. State figures show that's already more deaths than in any other full year on record. (Oct. 26) 7c2ce3f8a16b475d9e8a436fb63186e6 Tue, 26 Oct 2021 05:00:00 +0000 SHOTLIST:RESTRICTION SUMMARY:ASSOCIATED PRESSVero Beach, Florida - 17 June 20211. Underwater shot of area once rich with sea grass is seen barren in the Indian River LagoonASSOCIATED PRESSFort Lauderdale, Florida - 28 December 20102. STILL: Group of manatees in a canal ANNOTATION: Florida has experienced an unprecedented die-off of manatees in 2021, with 959 documented deaths as of mid-October. ASSOCIATED PRESSVero Beach, Florida - 17 June 20213. Manatee zone sign posted under bridgeANNOTATION: State figures show that's already more deaths than in any other full year on record. 4. Captain Paul Fafeita looking at barren river bed5. Fafeita and Judy Orcutt aboard fishing boatANNOTATION: Florida fishing guide Paul Fafeita says a highlight for his charter customers is spotting manatees foraging in shallow waters for their seagrass food. ++PARTIALLY COVERED++6. SOUNDBITE (English) Captain Paul Fafeita, fishing guide:"It's not good when you've got clients on the boat, and all of a sudden there's a dead manatee. They're wanting to see them, they don't want to see them dead."7. Patch of brown algae floating on river surfaceANNOTATION: Declining water quality is causing algae blooms that block sunlight the seagrass needs to survive, jeopardizing the manatees' main food supply.8. Underwater shot of area once rich with sea grass is seen barren in the Indian River Lagoon++COVERED++9. SOUNDBITE (English) Captain Paul Fafeita, fishing guide:"With the loss of seagrass we lose so much other natural habitat for multiple species."10. UPSOUND (English) Judy Orcutt looking at barren river bed:"There is nothing for a manatee to eat out here."11. Tracking shot of barren river bedANNOTATION: Environmental officials are beginning a manatee habitat restoration program, armed with $8 million approved this year by Florida legislators. ++PARTIALLY COVERED++12. SOUNDBITE (English) Judy Orcutt, Clean Water Coalition of Indian River County:?"The problem that needs to be remediated is to clean up the water. We've got to reduce the nutrients and the toxins going into the water everywhere throughout the state."13. Underwater shot of area once rich with sea grass is seen barren in the Indian River LagoonANNOTATION: Officials say colder weather could bring another outbreak of deaths before the restoration work is completed.++COVERED++14. SOUNDBITE (English) Captain Paul Fafeita, fishing guide:"A lot of my business is reoccurring customers. And you kind of hate to start off a trip, you know, gosh, we had a good time last year. We're not going to catch that many fish this year. It's affecting us some, the true impact will be next year."15. Fafeita driving his charter fishing boat16. Tracking shot of the Indian River Lagoon17. Orcutt looking out over river, other boats in the distance18. Underwater shot of area once rich with sea grass is seen barren in the Indian River LagoonSTORYLINE:Florida fishing guide and environmental activist Paul Fafeita says a highlight for his charter customers is spotting manatees foraging shallow waters for their seagrass food. It's not the same thrill to see the emaciated carcass of one that starved to death.Florida has experienced an unprecedented die-off of manatees in 2021, with 959 documented deaths as of Oct. 1, according to state figures. That's already more deaths than in any other full year on record _ and the colder weather soon to come could bring another wave of deaths.The number of 2021 manatee deaths will likely end up twice that of the 593 recorded in 2020 and is far above the most recent five-year average of 146 deaths in Florida, according to state figures.The reason? Seagrass on which the manatees depend is also dying, the result of declining water quality traced to manmade sources such as fertilizer runoff, wastewater discharges and polluted water diverted on purpose from Lake Okeechobee to coastal estuaries. It's a problem getting worse every year.These pollutants can cause algae blooms that block sunlight the seagrass needs to survive, jeopardizing the manatees' main food supply. Indeed, since 2009 about 58% of the seagrass has been lost in the Indian River Lagoon, state estimates show.State and federal environmental officials are beginning a manatee habitat restoration program, armed with $8 million in state money approved this year by Florida legislators. They say with cooler winter months on the way, the tendency of manatees to congregate in warmer waters could mean many more of the creatures will starve before the restoration work is completed.===========================================================Clients are reminded: (i) to check the terms of their licence agreements for use of content outside news programming and that further advice and assistance can be obtained from the AP Archive on: Tel +44 (0) 20 7482 7482 Email: info@aparchive.com(ii) they should check with the applicable collecting society in their Territory regarding the clearance of any sound recording or performance included within the AP Television News service (iii) they have editorial responsibility for the use of all and any content included within the AP Television News service and for libel, privacy, compliance and third party rights applicable to their Territory. Florida has experienced an unprecedented die-off of manatees in 2021, with 959 documented deaths as of Oct. 1. State figures show that's already more deaths than in any other full year on record. (Oct. 26) Manatees die in record numbers amid food scarcity