CWF celebrates Oceans Day with renowned beluga researcher and Québec Océan at Biodôme event

MONTREAL, June 6, 2011 /CNW/ - On June 8, CWF and the Group for Research and Education on Marine Mammals (GREMM) will celebrate Oceans Day by launching the 2011 poster series for the Quebec Marine Mammal Emergency Response Network at the Montreal Biodôme.

The Network's posters invite the public to call 1-877-722-5346 toll-free whenever they see any incident of accidental entanglement in fishing gear, stranding, ship strike, drifting carcass or marine mammal that has strayed from its customary range. The Network receives and manages the calls 24/7 and dispatches intervention teams as necessary through its network of more than a dozen partners across the province. "CWF is proud to announce its partnership in this important collaboration to assist marine mammals in trouble," says Wade Luzny, CEO and Executive Vice-President of the Canadian Wildlife Federation. "This is the beginning of a broad partnership with the GREMM that includes research, public education and concrete action for wildlife conservation, and we're very excited to be working together."

Fisheries and Oceans Canada has been a member of the Network since the very beginning and as such, is pleased to be collaborating with partners that share its objective of saving marine species protected under the Species at Risk Act. As some of the first responders on the scene, fisheries officers are proud to contribute to the Network's important mission.

Before the official poster launch, GREMM scientist and Network coordinator Robert Michaud will meet with local elementary school students to share memories and stories from his experiences working with belugas of the St. Lawrence River.

As part of the activities, Hinterland Who's Who, a joint program of CWF and Environment Canada, will release a new public service announcement featuring the killer whale as well as the Ocean Commotion webisode. Geared towards youth, this webisode looks at the impact of ocean pollution on wildlife, and what to do about it.

The events will be hosted in the Biodome's St. Lawrence marine ecosystem, so visitors can explore the species that call the region home both underwater and above it.

The day's activities are presented in collaboration with Océan Québec, the coordinator for Oceans Day activities across Quebec. Throughout the day, visitors will be invited to meet representatives of marine conservation and research organizations active in the St. Lawrence, and to discover, explore, discuss and debate marine issues. The new Hinterland Who's Who PSA and webisodes, as well as the documentary "Entre le krill et la baleine," an episode of the Radio-Canada TV series Vu du large, will be screened throughout the day.

Starting on Oceans Day on June 8 and encompassing Canadian Rivers Day on June 12, Rivers to Oceans Week raises awareness about the importance of Canada's waters and reminds us that safeguarding the quality of all water flowing across our land is crucial to the health of our oceans. To learn more, visit RiverstoOceans.ca

About the Canadian Wildlife Federation:
The Canadian Wildlife Federation is dedicated to fostering awareness and appreciation of our natural world. By spreading knowledge of human impacts on the environment, sponsoring research, promoting the sustainable use of natural resources, recommending changes to policy and co-operating with like-minded partners, CWF encourages a future in which Canadians can live in harmony with nature. For more information, visit CanadianWildlifeFederation.ca.

About the Group for Research and Education on Marine Mammals (GREMM):
The GREMM is a non-profit organization dedicated to scientific research and education on whales of the St. Lawrence, and to the protection of their habitat. Established in 1985, the GREMM's key objective is better understanding for better protecting. It achieves this by collecting and sharing information about whales with the general public. Its public awareness programs are inspired by the stories of individual whales, some which have been known to the GREMM for more than 25 years!

About the Quebec Marine Mammal Emergency Response Network:
The Quebec Marine Mammal Emergency Response Network organizes, coordinates and implements measures to reduce the accidental death of marine mammals, save animals in trouble and collect data on cases involving beached or drifting carcasses in St. Lawrence waters bordering the province of Quebec. It is the result of the unified effort of the following partners: the Montreal Biodome, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Parks Canada, the Aquarium du Québec, GREMM, the Mingan Island Cetacean Study (MICS), the Réseau d'observation des mammifères marins (ROMM), the Centre Québécois pour la santé des animaux sauvages (CQSAS), the St. Lawrence National Institute of Ecotoxicology, Quebec-Labrador Foundation, Amphibia-Nature, Zoo sauvage de Saint-Félicien, Exploramer, Centre d'éducation et de recherche de Sept-Îles (CERSI) and Aquarium des Iles, and the Canadian Wildlife Federation.

About Hinterland Who's Who:
Since 1962, the Canadian Wildlife Federation and Environment Canada, through Hinterland Who's Who, have been producing top-quality video spots supported by detailed fact sheets, lesson plans and calls to action, all in the name of understanding and protecting Canada's diverse wildlife. After more than 40 years, Hinterland Who's Who remains Canada's most active and reliable multimedia resource for information about Canadian wildlife.

SOURCE CANADIAN WILDLIFE FEDERATION

For further information:

Canadian Wildlife Federation     Quebec Marine Mammal Emergency Response Network
Natalie Gillis     Véronik de la Chenelière
Communications Officer      
613-599-9594 ext. 219     418-235-4701
natalieg@cwf-fcf.org     vcheneliere@gremm.org

 

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