Zeldin Announces $100,000 Marine Life Grant
Representative Lee Zeldin announced a $100,000 grant last week to the Atlantic Marine Conservation Society, a nonprofit organization of volunteers and biologists dedicated to the conservation of marine life, from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The Atlantic Marine Conservation Society researches sea turtles and marine mammals, in addition to responding to emergencies such as marine life entanglements and "out-of-habitat" conditions and man-made hazards.
The organization has rescued turtles, dolphins, porpoises, seals, and whales that have washed up onshore, including Long Island's East End. It is the leading large whale rescue and response organization in New York State.
As more whales and other marine animals have washed up on Long Island's beaches, the need for an organization like this one is growing, according to Robert A. DiGiovanni Jr., the organization's founder and chief scientist. "In Just 19 months . . . we have responded to 21 large whales that have washed up on New York shores," he said.
The $100,000 grant will help the organization continue rescues and research with the goal of keeping marine life safe in Long Island waterways. "We are so grateful to receive the grant as it furthers our mission of promoting marine conservation through action," Mr. DiGiovanni said.
"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 to collect data and provide insight to ensure the long-term survival of the animals in and near our local waterways," Mr. Zeldin said.