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New License Plates Raise Money For Oregon Whale Research

Funds from sales of a new gray whale license plate in Oregon have raised about 300-thousand dollars so far for OSU’s Marine Mammal Institute in Newport. The funds go to research, education and outreach. 

The plates went on sale on February 1st, 2019. Marine Mammal Institute Director Lisa Ballance says the funds go to their research on gray whales that summer in Oregon coastal waters. Ballance says they hope to strengthen their whale entanglement response. Sometimes whales get stuck in fishing gear off the Oregon coast.

“Once an individual whale is entangled, it is highly unlikely to be able to free itself from the gear, yet if disentanglement responders can cut that gear off of the whales, they can return to healthy conditions and become once again part of the population.”

Ballance says they’re seeking a more long term solution to whale entanglements. But the more immediate fix is to have people out in the water who can literally save the whales.

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.
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