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NOAA Fisheries Awards Grants for Marine Mammal Rescue

Rehabilitated harbor seals being released back into the wild. (Credit: The Marine Mammal Center)

Rehabilitated harbor seals being released back into the wild. (Credit: The Marine Mammal Center) 

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2012 Prescott Grants

Marine Mammal Health & Stranding Response Program

Marine Mammal Protection Act

 

Examination of a stranded humpback whale.  (Credit: Cascadia Research Collective)

 

August 31, 2012

NOAA Fisheries is pleased to award 39 grants to participants of the Marine Mammal Stranding Network to respond to sick, injured, or stranded marine mammals and to investigate health concerns for marine mammal populations in the wild. The John H. Prescott Marine Mammal Rescue Assistance Grant Program provided $3.45 million dollars for the 2012 grant competition and awarded additional funds ($250,000) to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation for emergency awards as needed for the stranding network.

To enhance stranding response and investigations nationally, the program distributed the grants proportionally across six regions of the country, including 19 states, as follows:

Northeast:      $912,036

Southeast:      $1,045,238

Northwest:     $465,834

Southwest:     $628,325

Alaska:            $299,421

Pacific Islands:  $98,312
 

For a complete list of the award recipients, visit the 2012 Prescott Grant Program.

Photos provided by The Marine Mammal Center, International Fund for Animal Welfare, Cascadia Research Collective and Virginia Aquarium