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NOAA Fisheries Awards $3.7 million to aid stranded mammals and for research

The Whale Museum receives $79,177

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 grants through the John H. Prescott Marine Mammal Rescue Assistance Grant Program have been awarded 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.

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

 

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