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Budget cuts will limit HPU’s response to stranded mammals

By Gary T. Kubota

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Sep 15, 2013

~~<p>The loss of federal grant funds for a Hawaii Pacific University program will likely mean fewer investigations into deaths of stranded marine mammals in Hawaii, Guam, Saipan and American Samoa.</p>
<p>In recent years, Congress has appropriated about $4 million for the John H. Prescott Marine Mammal Rescue Assistance Grant Program, including about $100,000 for HPU&rsquo;s marine mammal stranding program. This year, budget-tightening measures slashed all federal funding for the program.</p>
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The loss of federal grant funds for a Hawaii Pacific University program will likely mean fewer investigations into deaths of stranded marine mammals in Hawaii, Guam, Saipan and American Samoa.

In recent years, Congress has appropriated about $4 million for the John H. Prescott Marine Mammal Rescue Assistance Grant Program, including about $100,000 for HPU’s marine mammal stranding program. This year, budget-tightening measures slashed all federal funding for the program. Login for more...



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