Parimal M. Rohit
VENTURA COUNTY — NOAA Fisheries granted nearly $3 million to organizations dedicated to rehabilitating stranded marine mammals last week, including more than $500,000 to six groups in California.
One of those organizations, Channel Islands Marine and Wildlife Institute in Ventura County, received $100,000 of the $2.75 million awarded nationwide to support its program of responding to stranded marine mammals, rehabilitating them and collecting data about their health.
Channel Islands Cetacean Research Unit also received federal funding from NOAA Fisheries to enhance its Bio-Surveillance and Cetacean Health Monitoring Program. NOAA Fisheries awarded the cetacean research unit $87,078.
California Wildlife Center in Calabasas, California received $73,667 to upgrade its marine mammal rehabilitations facility.
Organizations in Humboldt, Santa Cruz and Sonoma County also received funding from NOAA Fisheries for stranded marine mammal projects.
NOAA Fisheries awarded California’s six organizations a total of $508,409 in funding as part of the Prescott Grant Program.
The federal agency awarded between $15,000 and $100,000 to organizations in 15 other states to respond to, rehabilitate and collect data on stranded marine mammals.
The John H. Prescott Marine Mammal Rescue Assistance Grant Program was established in 2001 and, since its inception, awarded more than $45 million in grants to organizations helping rehabilitate stranded marine mammal populations.