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2020 Prescott Grant Proposals Received

NOAA Fisheries received 57 eligible proposals for the FY 2020 competition. These proposals are under review and final decisions will be made in summer 2020.

2019 John H. Prescott Marine Mammal Rescue Assistance Grant Awardees Announced

NOAA awards almost $4 million to stranding network partners in 18 states…
September 26, 2019 - Feature Story ,
Harbor seal is released onto beach

Frequent Questions: 2019 Ice Seal Unusual Mortality Event

Since June 1, 2018, elevated ice seal strandings have occurred in the Bering and Chukchi seas in Alaska. This event has been declared an Unusual Mortality Event (UME).

2018–2019 Ice Seal Unusual Mortality Event in Alaska

Since June 1, 2018, elevated ice seal strandings have occurred in the Bering and Chukchi seas in Alaska. This event has been declared an Unusual Mortality Event (UME).

2019 Bottlenose Dolphin Unusual Mortality Event Along the Northern Gulf of Mexico

Elevated bottlenose dolphin strandings have been occurring in the Northern Gulf of Mexico including Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and the panhandle of Florida (Alabama border through Franklin County) since February 1, 2019.

2019 Gray Whale Unusual Mortality Event along the West Coast

Since January 1, 2019, elevated gray whale strandings have occurred along the west coast of North America from Mexico through Alaska. This event has been declared an Unusual Mortality Event (UME).

2018–2019 Pinniped Unusual Mortality Event Along the Northeast Coast

Since July 2018, elevated numbers of harbor seal and gray seal mortalities have occurred across Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. This event has been declared an unusual mortality event (UME).

2018–2019 Bottlenose Dolphin Unusual Mortality Event Southwest Florida

Since July 2018, elevated bottlenose dolphin mortalities have occurred along the Southwest coast of Florida including Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota, Manatee, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. This event has been declared an unusual mortality event.

2018 Funded Prescott Grant Proposals

For fiscal year 2018, 36 competitive Prescott Grants were awarded totaling $2,808,513 to recipients from 19 states, representing marine mammal stranding network partners from every Fisheries Region.

2015–2019 Guadalupe Fur Seal Unusual Mortality Event in California, Oregon and Washington

Increased strandings of Guadalupe fur seals have occurred along the entire coast of California, beginning in January 2015 at eight times higher than the historical average. Strandings have continued since 2015 at well above average rates in California. …