[MARMAM] South East Asian Marine Mammal Stranding Network (SEAMMSN)

Lemnuel Aragones lemdva2001 at yahoo.com
Tue Dec 10 18:12:56 PST 2013

The South East Asian Marine Mammal Stranding Network (SEAMMSN) wasestablished last February 9, 2013 as a result of a regional Symposiumon marine mammal strandings in South East Asia, held at OceanAdventure in Subic Bay Freeport, Philippines. The SEAMMSN is anon-political, science based network dedicated to promoting the bestpractice of marine mammal stranding response and management throughthe open and free exchange of information, data, materials, methodsand protocols in order to conserve marine mammals and their habitatsin the South East Asian region. Eighty individuals from 12 countries attended the Symposium sharingtheir stranding experiences, engaging in discussion, and working insmall groups to identify goals and objectives for a regional strandingnetwork. The result of the Symposium was the formation of theSouth East Asia Marine Mammal Stranding Network. The core organizationsof this network include Ocean Park Conservation Foundation - HongKong,
 Ocean Park Hong Kong, Ocean Adventure, University of thePhilippines - Institute of Environmental Scienceand Meteorology,University of St Andrew's, Philippine Marine Mammal Stranding Network,Taiwan Cetacean Society, and Whale Stranding Indonesia. For a completelist of member organizations and more information on thisground-breaking organization, please check out our recently launchedwebsite (http://www.seammsn.org).LEMNUEL V ARAGONES, PhDSecretariat (SEAMMSN), Associate Professor, Institute of Environmental Science and Meteorology University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City PHILIPPINESwww.iesm.upd.edu.ph lemdva2001 at yahoo.com

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