Congressman Lee Zeldin announced this week that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has given a $100,000 grant to the Atlantic Marine Conservation Society (AMSC) of Hampton Bays. The funding will aid the organization in its mission to help entangled and stranded marine life, including dolphins and whales.
“On Long Island, our waterways are an integral part of our way of life and, in a district almost completely surrounded by water, we have a unique responsibility to safeguard our local environment, waterways and marine life,” said Congressman Lee Zeldin in a statement. “Successfully responding to the strandings of whales, seals, sea turtles and dolphins, the Atlantic Marine Conservation Society has worked hard to respond to distressed marine life, but also collect data and provide insight to ensure the long-term survival of the animals in and near our local waterways.”
“In just 19 months of receiving our stranding agreement from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), we have responded 21 large whales that have washed up on New York shores,” said Atlantic Marine Conservation Society founder and chief scientist Robert A. DiGiovanni, Jr. “As the lead large whale response organization in New York State, NOAA’s Prescott Grant will help mortality and entanglement investigations for marine mammals and sea turtles, partner training, and research efforts surrounding these issues. We are so grateful to receive this grant as it furthers our mission of promoting marine conservation through action while raising an awareness for the need of public support, volunteers, members, and donors to carry out this important work. Together,