Stranding Program Challenge Grant from Maine Beer Company

Baby sealMaine Beer Company is celebrating a 15-year partnership with College of the Atlantic Allied Whale with a $20,000 challenge grant to support eastern Maine marine mammal rescue operations. Maine Beer Company will donate $20,000 toward Allied Whale’s work with distressed seal pups, dolphins, whales, and sea turtles and are challenging all supporters of ocean mammals to step up to the plate. Individuals wishing to help COA meet MBC’s challenge grant can contribute a tax-deductible donation below and allocate their gift to the Marine Mammal Stranding Program.

COA Allied Whale is one of just two organizations authorized by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to respond to marine mammal emergencies in Maine, servicing 2,600 of coastline from Rockland to the Canadian border. The group receives about 130 distress calls a year. Fulfilling NOAA’s mandate has been challenging this year as Allied Whale has recently faced federal funding cuts from NOAA that have affected their ability to respond. “The support of organizations like Maine Beer Company is vital to the work that we do,” says COA Steven K. Katona Chair in Marine Sciences Sean Todd, the director of Allied Whale.

For more information on Allied Whale’s Marine Mammal Stranding Program, please visit this page.

If you’d like to adopt a whale, please use this link.


College of the Atlantic is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.