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NOAA grants to aid marine mammal rescue and stranding programs

Kate  Brogan
(301) 427-8030
September 1, 2016

Credit: Marine Mammals of Maine

Today, NOAA Fisheries awarded nearly $3 million in grants to support the conservation and recovery of protected marine species through stranding response and marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation.

Through the John H. Prescott Marine Mammal Rescue Assistance Grant Program, NOAA awarded 32 grants to nonprofit organizations, aquariums, universities, and coastal state, local and tribal governments that are members of the National Marine Mammal Stranding Network.

Since 2001, NOAA Fisheries has awarded 522 grants totaling more than $48.2 million through the Prescott grant program. Stranding network partners multiply the effect of the program with matching funds, adding more than $16.8 million to date.

“Ultimately, understanding why marine mammals come ashore will help NOAA and partners develop better protections for them, preserving our ocean environment for future generations,” said Sobeck.

Prescott grants are made under Title IV of the Marine Mammal Protection Act, which authorizes NOAA Fisheries to fund eligible members of the National Marine Mammal Stranding Network through grants and cooperative agreements.

See information about the 2016 Prescott grant program award recipients.

Applications for the 2017 Prescott grant cycle are being accepted until October 5. For more information, go to the Prescott grant program, eligibility requirements, and funding opportunities page.

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