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Bill that would give assistance to sea turtles heads to the Senate

Posted at 9:39 PM, Apr 12, 2024
and last updated 2024-04-12 23:24:04-04

The National Aquarium is throwing its weight behind a bill to get a permanent grant program for sea turtle rescues.

The Sea Turtle Rescue Assistance and Rehabilitation Act was just approved by the House of Representatives and is now going to the Senate.

The aquarium started pushing for the bill four years ago.

There is an established grant program to help other marine animals, but the aquarium found a funding gap when it comes to the sea turtles.

An aquarium spokesperson says they've seen more sea turtles get stranded in recent years.

"We know that the trend is certainly increasing, and some of that is just climate-driven. More sea turtles are traveling farther north as the ocean warms and may are getting stuck in the Cape Cod Bay area," said Ryan Fredriksson, V.P. of Government Affairs at the National Aquarium.

The aquarium has helped rescue hundreds of sea turtles over the years.