Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902.
DNREC announces new contract to continue
MERR’s marine mammal stranding work for state agency
DOVER (July 23, 2012) – DNREC has awarded a new contract to the Marine Education, Research and Rehabilitation (MERR) Institute to continue providing marine mammal stranding services for the DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife, renewing the longtime public-private partnership with the non-profit, volunteer-based organization.
The contract, last awarded in 2009 after major updates in 2007, also emphasizes reporting of activities undertaken by MERR in carrying out its mission.
“There is more accountability and transparency at all levels – federal, state and local,” said Division of Fish and Wildlife Director David Saveikis. “This continues our partnership with MERR, which has assisted the Division of Fish and Wildlife by providing important marine mammal stranding response and rescue for more than a decade. We look forward to strengthening this relationship to optimize public funding to the benefit of conservation and an enhanced understanding of these marine species.”
Under the new contract, MERR will continue to provide marine mammal stranding services using federal funding awarded to the Division from the John H. Prescott Marine Mammal Rescue Assistance Grant Program administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
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