[MARMAM] Workshop on Manatee Salvage and Necropsy Techniques

Bassett, Brandon Brandon.Bassett at MyFWC.com
Wed Jul 27 11:30:54 PDT 2011

Workshop on Manatee Salvage and Necropsy Techniques, 26 November 2011

Prior to the 19th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals, 27 November - 2 December 2011.

This workshop will focus on providing a comprehensive overview of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's (FWC) established carcass salvage and necropsy program to participants interested in manatee stranding response and necropsy techniques. The workshop will provide new and well established stranding networks and institutions with the appropriate knowledge and skills to perform high quality manatee necropsies and determine cause of death based on gross anatomy. In addition, by providing FWC data collection and necropsy forms and instructing participants in FWC necropsy techniques, a goal is to promote standardized methods for data collection to aid in future data sharing and collaboration.
The workshop will include three main presentations, as well as an overview of FWC manatee operations and data collection. The presentations will provide an open forum and questions from participants will be encouraged.
* Field operations: Information on carcass recovery methods including specialized equipment to consider, as well as tools and techniques specific to necropsies performed in the field.
* Manatee necropsy and anatomy: Established necropsy techniques to preserve the integrity of the carcass and evidence will be described. The presentation will also cover gross manatee anatomy.
* FWC's cause of death categories: An explanation, examples, and key findings of each category will be presented.

A manatee necropsy will be conducted after the workshop at the Florida Fish & Wildlife Research Institute, Marine Mammal Pathobiology Laboratory (MMPL) in St. Petersburg (1300-1700 hrs). Although this additional activity is not considered part of the conference, workshop participants are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity. Transportation plans for the afternoon session will be provided at a later date when we have a better idea of interest and number of participants for this activity.

If you would like to register, please visit:

Brandon Bassett
Manatee Mortality Database Curator
Marine Mammal Pathobiology Laboratory
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Phone - 727-893-2904
Fax - 727-893-2907

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