CHARLOTTETOWN, March 27, 2013 /CNW/ - Thirty people from across the
country, representing the four major marine animal emergency response
networks (Newfoundland & Labrador, the Maritime Provinces, Quebec and
BC), the federal government (Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Parks
Canada) and the province of PEI, met in Charlottetown this week. In
recent years, Canada has diminished its capacity to support these
Networks and to respond to marine animal incidents. The purpose of this
first ever national gathering was to evaluate Canada's capacity to
respond to incidents involving marine animals and identify
opportunities to sustain and increase this capacity.
Network's group members respond to a variety of incidents involving
marine animals (whales, seals, sea lions, sea turtles and sharks).
Their goals are to assist animals that are entangled, beached, injured
or otherwise in distress, as well as to gather valuable information
from dead animals.
As a result of this meeting, a working group was formed to investigate
the benefits of establishing a cooperative of response networks to
improve Canada's capacity to respond to marine animal incidents.
Canadians expect a response when animals are in trouble or carcasses are
found. There are approximately 1000 marine animal incidents each year
across our country.
This workshop was organized by the Marine Animal Response Society with
the support of the Government of Canada Habitat Stewardship Program for
Species at Risk, the Canadian Wildlife Federation and The Donner
SOURCE: Canadian Wildlife Federation
For further information:
Tonya Wimmer, Marine Animal Response Society and Martime Marine Animal Response Network, 1-902-499-3529
Robert Michaud, Réseau Québécois d'Urgences pour les Mammifères Marins, 1-418-780-3210
Wayne Ledwell, Whale Release and Strandings, Newfoundland and Labrador, 1-709-895-0853
Sean Brillant, Canadian Wildlife Federation, 1-902-237-9692