PROTECT WILD DOLPHINS
Funds go to FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Foundation, Inc. to fund wild dolphins related research. The FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Foundation, Inc. must distribute available resources for research of the wild Florida Bottlenose Dolphin. Up to 15% of the funds may be expended for administrative costs directly associated with the operations of the institution. Up to 10% of the funds may be used for continuing promotion and marketing of the license plate.
The remainder of the funds must be used to collect, analyze, and archive scientific data regarding the wild dolphin population in Florida waters; provide care and assistance to stranded wild dolphins; distribute information to the scientific community, federal, state, and local government agencies, educational institutions, and the public for the purpose of protecting and preserving wild dolphins; individually identify wild dolphins through a photographic identification program; and advance the research technology associated with tracking and categorizing wild dolphins.
Renewal year costs $20 charitable contribution, plus $5 specialty Plate Processing Fee, in addition to standard annual registration renewal fees.
Statutory authorization: 320.08058 (19). Enacted: 07/01/1998
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Designed by Istvan "Steve" Diossy and established as the first specialty license plate to benefit Harbor Branch in 1998, Protect Wild Dolphins supports the rescue and rehabilitation of sick or injured dolphins, and important education and research initiatives that increase awareness about the need to protect wild dolphins and their threatened coastal habitat.
The license plate has raised over $20 million since inception.