Prescott Grant Program Award Summary for Fiscal Years 2019 and 2020

Through the Prescot Grant Program, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) provides financial assistance to eligible participants to support all aspects of response (e.g., retrieval, care, treatment, rehabilitation, release) to the stranding of manatees, sea otters, walruses, and polar bears, for related scientific research, and for associated operational costs.

For fiscal years 2019-2020, the Service awarded 23 competitive grants totaling $2,040,000 to 15 conservation organizations and state agencies. The Prescott Grant Program helps to foster the Service’s relationship with partners who are closest to the resources (e.g., state agencies, Tribes, established/authorized rescue/rehabilitation networks, local communities, aquaria, researchers) by providing needed support for their response efforts.

The tables below, organized by geographic region, list the applicant name, project title and funding amount awarded for fiscal years 2019-2020.

South Atlantic-Gulf of Mexico-Caribbean

Bishop Museum of Science and Nature, Inc.Stage 2 Manatee Rehabilitation and MRP Participation at The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature$70,542
Clearwater Marine AquariumSupporting the Manatee Rescue and Rehabilitation Partnership through Enhanced Marine Mammal Transport Capabilities in the Southeast Region$71,795
Clearwater Marine AquariumIncrease Manatee (Trichechus manatus latirostris) Rescue Effort Capacity Through the Use of Novel Technology and Expand Capacity to Collect Health and Life History Parameters$77,879
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission #1Response Vehicles for FWC Florida Manatee Stranding Network$98,478
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission #2Manatee Capture Boat for FWC Florida Manatee Stranding Network$88,454
Lowry Park Zoological Society of Tampa, Inc. (A)Enhance Veterinary Diagnostics and Critical Care of West Indian Manatees at ZooTampa at Lowry Park$100,000
Lowry Park Zoological Society of Tampa, Inc. (B)Establish a West Indian Manatee Stranding Response Capability at ZooTampa at Lowry Park$100,000
Marine Environmental Sciences Consortium (Dauphin Island Sea Lab)Transport Capacity for Stranded Manatees in the Northern Gulf of Mexico$68,097
Red Caribeña de Varamientos (Caribbean Stranding Network)Improvement, Expansion and Enhancement of Veterinary Treatment, Rehabilitation, and Post-release Monitoring of Antillean Manatees in Puerto Rico$100,000
Red Caribeña de Varamientos (Caribbean Stranding Network) BEnhancement of Stranding Response and Safe Transport of Antillean Manatees in the Puerto Rico Archipelago$100,000


California Academy of SciencesEnhancing the Specimen Archive at the California Academy of Sciences to Improve the Understanding of Southern Sea Otter (Enhydra lutris nereis) Health$58,867
Marine Mammal CenterEnhancing Capacity for Southern Sea Otter Response and Rehabilitation$99,392
Monterey Bay Aquarium FoundationExpanding Southern Sea Otter Population through Surrogacy$100,000
Monterey Bay Aquarium FoundationCritical Support for Live-Stranding Response for the Southern Sea Otter$100,000
The Regents of the University of California (Davis)Diagnostic Testing Support for the Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Network and Unusual Mortality Events$83,818

Pacific Northwest

State of Washington Department of Fish and WildlifeSea Otter Stranding Response in Washington State$54,564


Alaska Department of Fish & GameDisturbance and Mortalities of Pacific Walruses in Bristol Bay$100,000
North Slope BoroughWalrus Disease and Mortality Assessment$71,591
Seward Association for the Advancement of Marine ScienceCorrelations Between Pathogen Presence, Harmful Algal Bloom Toxins, and Prey Selection in Apparently Healthy and Stranded Northern Sea Otters$98,906
Seward Association for the Advancement of Marine ScienceLive Stranding Response and Monitoring of Northern Sea Otters and Walruses in Alaska$99,991
Seward Association for the Advancement of Marine Science dba The Alaska SeaLife CenterImproving Response Capacity for Oiled Marine Mammals in Alaska through the Purchase of Needed Supplies and Equipment and Obtaining Resources to Improve on Existing Response Infrastructure$99,855

Multiple Geographic Regions

The Regents of the University of California (Davis)Improving Capacity for Responding to Oiled Sea Otters Through Development of a Collaborative Training Program$97,847
Wildlife Research InternationalOiled Sea Otter Contingency Planning, Training and Response for Northern Sea Otters in Alaska and Washington State$99,924

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