For the FY 2020 grant cycle, NOAA Fisheries is awarding 43 grants totaling almost $4 million to our partners in the Marine Mammal Stranding Network in 19 states and one tribe. These grants support a core mission of NOAA Fisheries: the conservation and recovery of protected marine species. They help to improve our national marine mammal stranding response capabilities and the goals of the Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program.
This year’s funding supports stranding network partner activities that include:
- Recovery and treatment (i.e., rehabilitation) of stranded marine mammals.
- Data collection from live and dead stranded marine mammals for scientific research regarding marine mammal health.
- Collaborative services that help stranding network organizations collect data and analyze samples.
- Facility operations directly related to these purposes.
Since the John H. Prescott Grant program was established in 2000, we have awarded $63.8 million to partners. Our stranding network partners have minimally leveraged an additional $24.8 million, building a strong network of more than 120 trained, professional responders and responding to more than 100,000 stranded marine mammals.
“As they respond to stranded marine mammals, these trained professionals and volunteers obtain valuable information that improves our understanding of the health of marine mammals and the changing environment in which they live,” said Donna Wieting, director of the Office of Protected Resources.
For the 2021 grants cycle, NOAA Fisheries is currently accepting applications from eligible members of the Stranding Network until October 13, 2020.