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Sea turtle program at Padre Island NS gets grant to study emerging disease threat to Kemp's ridleys

Padre Island National Seashore has landed $300,000 for research into kemp's ridley sea turtles, the smallest and most endangered of sea turtle species.

Announcement of the funding comes as controversy continues to swirl around the fate of the seashore's Sea Turtle Science and Recovery Program, which a 2020 National Park Service report said was unsustainable at its current size. Specifically, the report said the program had gotten unwieldly and too costly at roughly $1.9 million per year. Within 3-5 years, the review added without any detail, the program would be unsustainable. As a result, it should be tightly reined in, the report recommended.

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