CMA Research Institute has partnered with Dr. Ruth H. Carmichael and the Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL) to support a manatee research program in Mobile Bay, Alabama and nearby waters of the northern Gulf of Mexico. We are assisting Dr. Carmichael and her team by providing our manatee research experience as DISL builds the first manatee research initiative in Alabama.
In September 2009, biologists traveled to Alabama and guided a manatee tagging expedition that resulted in two manatees being radio tagged. The team has since tagged a total of ten animals. The data from the study will be used to obtain a better understanding of manatee use of the Mobile Bay and critical habitat in the region. Information generated from the study will aid federal and state authorities to develop conservation actions.