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Restore Funding for Sandy Hook NOAA Lab & Marine Mammal Rescues
  • Petitioned New Jersey Governor

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President of the United States
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Restore Funding for Sandy Hook NOAA Lab & Marine Mammal Rescues

    1. Petition by

      Clean Ocean Action

      Highlands, NJ

The James J. Howard Marine Sciences NOAA Lab on Sandy Hook in New Jersey is a vital part of the local, national, and international marine science community, providing invaluable benefits to the the ecosystems of the Atlantic Ocean. Under President Obama's proposed Budget for Fiscal Year 2013, the funding for the lab has been cut forcing the closure of one of the region's premier facilities for research on the effects of climate change and ocean acidification on the East Coast.

The proposed budget also de-funds the John H. Prescott Marine Mammal Rescue Assistance Grant Program in its entirety. The Prescott Grant Program provides funding for recovery and treatment of stranded marine mammals, data collection from living or dead stranded marine mammals, and operation costs and staffing needs for stranding centers. In New Jersey, the only facility that handles stranded or stressed marine mammals and sea turtles is the Marine Mammal Stranding Center (MMSC) in Brigantine, New Jersey. 

Recent signatures


    1. Time to Rally for the NOAA Lab

      Clean Ocean  Action
      Petition Organizer

      Waves of thanks to all of you! In just a few short weeks over 6,100 of you signed the e-petition calling for the restoration of funds to the James J. Howard Marine Science Lab on Sandy Hook and NOAA’s Prescott Grants, which fund marine mammal stranding facilities.
      Your voices are impressive and you have made difference. The call for action has caught the attention of Join U.S. Senators Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez, Rep. Frank Pallone, as they rally with supporters of the NOAA Lab and call on Congress to restore funding for the regions premier facility for research on the effects of ocean acidification on marine life.
      Who: All are welcome!
      What: Save the Sandy Hook Lab Press Event
      When: Thursday, April 12th, 2012 – 11AM
      Where: The James J. Howard Marine ScienceLab, 74 Magruder Road, Sandy Hook Highlands, NJ 07732
      If you have any questions, please contact Clean Ocean Action at 732-872-0111.
      Come out, bring signs, and your voices and speak out for the Lab!

    2. Reached 6,000 signatures
    3. Lease cost may be key to saving marine lab

      Clean Ocean  Action
      Petition Organizer

      We're making news and growing support!

    4. 1,500 Signatures & New Section Added on Marine Mammal Stranding Funding!

      Clean Ocean  Action
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks to all 1,500+ supporters who have signed our petition to restore funding for essential programs benefiting the ocean!

      As of today, we have added a section in the letter regarding the de-funding of the John H. Prescott Marine Mammal Rescue Assistance Grant. The Prescott grant provides funding to stranding facilities, like New Jersey's Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine, for recovery and treatment, data collection, and operating costs. MMSC is the only stranding center in New Jersey responding to Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle strandings throughout the state. Please stand in opposition to the cuts to the Prescott Grant in addition to the closing of the Sandy Hook NOAA Lab.

    5. Reached 1,500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Christopher Diggs OCEAN RIDGE, FL
      • over 2 years ago

      To slow down the unchecked misuse of natural resources, unregulated destruction of the evironment we exist on and in, and unintended irreversible consequences.

    • Dana Walling BRICK, NJ
      • over 2 years ago

      This is a vital lab/school for ocean/animal survival. It is of nation IMPORTANCE, NOT ONLY LOCAL, that this facility be saved. There are many other programs you can cut....please don't cut this one. Come visit the site and you will see...don't make an uninformed decision, please.

    • Melanie Woods FAIR HAVEN, NJ
      • over 2 years ago

      My grandchildren wish to attend Marine Academy of Science and Technology (MAST) for their high school education.

    • Jeffrey Fackenthal BERKELEY TOWNSHIP, NJ
      • over 2 years ago

      The marine mammal stranding center is a very important scientific and conservation center for the east coast. If the center is closed, it would be a detriment to wildlife and research for the U.S.

    • Paul Peduto RED BANK, NJ
      • over 2 years ago

      The NOAA Lab on Sandy Hook, NJ is vital to the marine life research as well as the vital fisheries for this area. An agreement should be reached with the state to allow this vital research structure to remain by a long term lease that requires minimal payment to the state.


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