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Weekly #Florida #manatee press conference starting now, with speakers from @MyFWC & @USFWSVero. Tom Reinert of @MyFWC says with the warmer weather, manatees are moving out from the lettuce-feeding area near Cape Canaveral. Image
@MyFWC @USFWSVero Maj. Dustin Bonds of @MyFWC promises increased patrols all along #Florida's East Coast in areas where #manatees are known to congregate. Deaths are still elevated from normal but not as high as they were, he says. Image
Ron Mezich of @MyFWC says number of #manatees feeding at the site are now between 45-70 (were once a high of 800). They have fed them 193,000 pounds of lettuce since began eating it Jan. 20. Image
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🧵After getting dropped from the endangered species list four years ago, Florida’s manatees are dying in record numbers. So far this year, the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has logged 832 deaths out of an estimated 6,300 manatees. (1/4) @ChispaFlorida Image
The reason is that seagrass, which they eat, is dying due to fertilizer runoff from agriculture and residential sources that is polluting the waterways, which can cause #BlueGreenAlgaeBlooms. These, in turn, block sunlight that seagrass needs to survive. (2/4) @flconservancy
To combat this deadly trend, Democratic state Sen. @ShevrinJones has introduced a bill (SB 238) that would require Florida officials to continue protecting certain species after the federal government removes them from its list of “endangered” or “threatened” species. (3/4)
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THREAD on #FWC minimum wage decision today. The FWC froze wages for 75% of award-dependent workers: 40% for 4 months (to Nov. 1), and 35% for 7 months (to Feb. 1). The other 25% of workers will get a wage increase on the normal date (July 1), but a small one (1.75%)...2
On a weighted-average basis (weighting for shares of workforce and portion of the year covered), this works out to a 1.16% increase in the average minimum wage for the 2020-21 financial year. That's the smallest since the full 1-year freeze in 2009 (following the GFC)...3
This decision will tilt the macroeconomic balance even further toward deflation: a major risk in a crisis such as now. The wage is the most important price in the economy: it anchors other nominal levels. The #RBA agrees inflation will likely turn negative in coming months...4
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