NOAA’s Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) announced today the award of 12 grants to partner organizations totaling more than $1 million to respond to and rehabilitate stranded marine mammals and collect data on their health.
The federal John H. Prescott Marine Mammal Rescue
Assistance Grant Program allows funding to be given to academic
institutions, nonprofit organizations and state agencies that are
members of the National Marine Mammal Stranding Network and that apply
for assistance. A detailed list of the 2013 round of annual grants
awarded is found below.
“The Prescott grant program helps support
our stranding network partners and their life-saving rescue work to help
provide humane care to whales, dolphins, seals or sea lions that are
sick, injured or in peril,” said Dr. Teri Rowles, NOAA Fisheries’ lead
marine mammal veterinarian and coordinator of the Marine Mammal Health
and Stranding Response Program. “Marine mammals are important indicator
species of ocean health since they are top-level predators that eat
many of the same fish that we do, and several species live in coastal
areas utilized by people. When marine mammals show signs of illness,
they may be signaling changes in the marine environment that might have
significant implications for the overall health of our ocean ecosystems,
so monitoring the health of marine mammals provides vital information
on the impacts of, and to, humans.”
The Stranding Network is
comprised of trained professionals and volunteers from more than 100
organizations that partner with NOAA Fisheries to investigate marine
mammal strandings, rehabilitate animals, and assist with research on
marine mammal health issues. NOAA Fisheries relies on its long-standing
partnership with Stranding Network members to obtain the vital
information about marine mammal health needed to develop effective
conservation programs for marine mammal populations in the wild.
the Prescott program’s inception, NOAA Fisheries has awarded 471
Prescott grants to 93 recipients in 25 states and 2 U.S. territories,
totaling more than $41.8 million. Over the years, Prescott grants have
enabled network members to make improvements to their operations such
as: expanding response coverage; enhancing response capabilities and
data collection; and improving rehabilitation of marine mammals.
Grants are made under Title IV of the Marine Mammal Protection Act,
which authorizes NOAA Fisheries to fund eligible members of the national
stranding network through grants and cooperative agreements.
more information about the Prescott Grant Program, details on each 2013
grant, eligibility requirements, and funding opportunities, please go
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