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Cape Cod Dolphins

February 15, 2012 by staff 

Cape Cod Dolphins, Even as dolphin strandings continue at an unprecedented rate along Cape Cod, a grant program that has been a major source of funding for marine mammal rescues nationwide may fall victim to the federal budget ax — to be replaced with a network of private donations.

During a briefing Monday in conjunction with the release of President Barack Obama’s proposed budget for fiscal 2013, acting Deputy Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank said funding for marine mammal rescue — known as the Prescott Grant Program — is one of several grant programs the Obama administration would eliminate from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s budget for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1.

Expanding on Blank’s comments, David Miller, NOAA’s deputy director of communications and external affairs, said Tuesday via email, “NOAA is proposing to eliminate the Prescott Grant Program as part of the administration’s efforts to find efficiencies and savings throughout the federal budget.”

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