Will dolphins and whales be left high and dry by budget cuts? The 2018 budget will eliminate funding for stranding programs

The NOAA Fisheries budget will be slashed by nearly 108,000,000 dollars in 2018 unless Congress can be persuaded to place a higher value on ocean life. Some programs will be eliminated, others will suffer from deep cuts.

Please contact the Congress members who represent you and share your opinions, it matters!

"NOAA proposes a decrease of $3,044,000 to eliminate funding for the John H. Prescott Marine Mammal Rescue Assistance Grants program in 2018. With this reduction there would be no funding for competitive grants to marine mammal stranding network organizations to rescue, rehabilitate, or investigate sick or injured marine mammals or to determine the cause of death of marine mammals."

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"This is the only federal funding source for the stranding network; however, some network members may still operate in the absence of Prescott Grants, depending on the availability of private funding."

We are just beginning to learn how to help beached whales.

"Eliminating funding for this program will also decrease data and resources from the stranding network, which helps NOAA establish links between marine mammal health and the condition of coastal ecosystems."

Melting sea ice impacts the distribution of Arctic whales.

Eliminates Arctic Research: "NOAA requests decreases of $2,230,000 from Climate Laboratories and Cooperative Institutes and $3,770,000 from Regional Climate Data and Information. This reduction will terminate Arctic research focused on improvements to sea ice modeling and predictions that support the safety of fishermen, commercial shippers, cruise ships, and local communities. NOAA will also terminate modeling of ecosystem and fisheries vulnerabilities."

The Sea Grant programs educate and support research, such as the marine mammal stranding and entanglement response network in Alaska

Terminates the National Sea Grant Program: "NOAA requests decreases of $63,951,000 in the National Sea Grant College Program base and $8,989,000 in Marine Aquaculture to terminate the National Sea Grant College Program. This budgetary decrease will end federal support for the network of 33 Sea Grant programs located in coastal States and territories and will terminate Sea Grant’s Marine Aquaculture Program."

"NOAA requests a decrease of $5,002,000 for its National Catch Share Program, which will reduce efforts to improve data collection in catch share fisheries and implementation of new catch share programs. “Catch share” programs allocate a specific portion of the total allowable fishery catch to individuals, cooperatives, communities, or other entities. The national program implements management improvements requested by the fishing industry and Regional Councils."

Salmon are essential for the continued survival of the Southern Resident orca population.

PACIFIC COASTAL SALMON RECOVERY FUND: "NOAA requests a decrease of $64,876,000 to eliminate funding for this grant program in fiscal year 2018. The Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund (PCSRF) was established by Congress in fiscal year 2000 to protect, restore, and conserve Pacific salmon and steelhead and their habitats through competitive funding to states and Tribes."

Their lives depend upon our willingness to restore salmon. Photo by Dave Ellifrit
We are responsible for what we have done to the ocean, please take a few minutes to let your Congress members know that this is important.
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