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Sea turtle license plate program funds new tank at CROW

By Staff | Oct 23, 2018

PHOTO PROVIDED A new tank and filtration system is being installed at the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife.

In March, the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife received a grant for $17,843 from the Florida Sea Turtle Grants Program, which is funded by the sales of the sea turtle specialty license plate.

CROW received the grant to support a sea turtle recovery tank, officials reported. The newly designed fiberglass tank, which is currently being installed, also features an improved filtration system.

CROW 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.

The sea turtle plate is currently the number two overall selling specialty tag in Florida – second only to the University of Florida specialty plate, making it the number one environmental specialty plate.

PHOTO PROVIDED CROW’s new sea turtle tank was funded by a grant awarded from the Sea Turtle Grants Program. The program is funded from proceeds from the sale of the Florida Sea Turtle License Plate.

“It’s rewarding to know that so many people share our concern for Florida’s sea turtles,” Sea Turtle Conservancy Executive Director David Godfrey said. “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.”

For more information, visit online at www.helpingseaturtles.org.