09/17/2010: "NOAA Awards $130K For Marine Mammal Rescue"
NOAA Fisheries has awarded $50,868 to The Whale Museum on San Juan Island and $79,177 to Orca Network. The grants come through the John H. Prescott Marine Mammal Rescue Assistance Grant Program, and are part of a total of $3.7 million to partners to aid stranded marine mammals and research health issues
NOAA Fisheries Awards total $3.7 Million to Partners to Aid Stranded Marine Mammals and Research Health Issues NOAA Fisheries today announced the award of 42 grants to partner organizations totaling more than $3.7 million to recover and treat stranded marine mammals, collect data for scientific research on marine mammal health and support rehabilitation and data collection facilities.
The Pacific Northwest grantee organizations for the FY 2010 Prescott awards are: Makah Tribe, Neah Bay, Wash. - $50,868 The Whale Museum, Friday Harbor, Wash. - $79,177 Orca Network, Greenbank, Wash. - $84,475 Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Olympia, Wash. - $100,000 Portland State University, Portland, Ore. - $99,954 Oregon State University, Corvallis, Ore. - $99,996
The awards have been made to academic institutions, nonprofit organizations, state agencies and municipalities in 17 states that are part of the National Marine Mammal Stranding Network.
The stranding network involves trained professionals and volunteers in 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.
Thirty-eight awards are for stranding response activities and four are for research projects such as auditory testing on small stranded cetaceans in southeastern Massachusetts; monitoring of injured or stranded cetaceans after release in Florida; and using stranding data to understand the dynamics of leptospirosis, a bacterial disease, in California sea lions.
Since 2001, NOAA Fisheries has made 392 Prescott grant awards to 85 recipients in 24 states and 2 U.S. territories, for a total of $34.7 million. Over the years, the awards have enabled network members to make improvements to the network such as expanding response coverage; enhancing response capabilities and data collection; and building and upgrading rehabilitation facilities. The awards 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.
For more information about the Prescott Grant Program, details on each 2010 grant, eligibility requirements, and funding opportunities, see http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/health/prescott/