The PLF is urging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to downgrade the manatee's status to threatened, thereby loosening the restrictions on the water inhabited by the manatee.
The PLF is representing an organization called Save Crystal River, who acts as an environmental group but based on their website is more concerned with promoting recreational water-based pastimes that have been limited by the Endangered Species Act.
"Traditional enjoyment of Florida's natural resources and waterways have been vital historic components of our community," the Save Crystal River site says, boasting that everything from fishing to paddle boating are part of the "valued Florida-wide recreational lifestyle."
If the organization can convince the FWS to downgrade the manatee's protected status, they will be able to open up the river to new areas of exploitation.