Sea Turtle Hospital Awarded Grant from Florida Sea Turtle Grants Program to Support New Sea Turtle Transport Vehicle
Published: Monday, July 6, 2020
The University of Florida Sea Turtle Hospital at Whitney Laboratory is pleased to announce that it received a grant for $28,987.14 from the Florida Sea Turtle Grants Program, which is funded by the sales of the sea turtle specialty license plate. The Sea Turtle Hospital received the grant to support a new sea turtle transport vehicle. This new vehicle will better help the hospital respond to and transport the more than 75 stranded patients received and triaged each year.
The Sea Turtle Hospital at Whitney Laboratory was chosen for the award through a competitive application process that is open to coastal county governments, educational institutions and Florida-based nonprofit groups striving to improve the livelihood of sea turtles and conserve Florida habitats.
Launched in 1996, the "Helping Sea Turtles Survive" specialty license plate raises money for two important programs that benefit Florida sea turtles—the Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission's Marine Turtle Protection Program and the Sea Turtle Grants Program, which distributes money back to the local level for turtle conservation projects.
"It's rewarding to know that so many people share our concern for Florida's sea turtles," said David Godfrey, Sea Turtle Conservancy executive director. "What we do in this state has a dramatic impact on sea turtle populations around the world. By purchasing the sea turtle specialty plate, Floridians are voluntarily funding important programs to save these amazing creatures."
To learn more about the Sea Turtle Grants Program and the "Helping Sea Turtles Survive" specialty license plate, visit www.helpingseaturtles.org.