[MARMAM] Independent review of a 2008 mass stranding in Madagascar now available

Howard Rosenbaum hrosenbaum at wcs.org
Thu Sep 26 19:55:11 PDT 2013

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Independent review of a 2008 mass stranding in Madagascar
In 2008, approximately 100 melon-headed whales stranded in the Loza Lagoon system in Madagascar.  The response effort was multi-faceted and included local people, government officials, conservation organisations and marine mammal experts.  A significant amount of information was collected and, several years later, the IWC facilitated a review of the circumstances of the stranding in conjunction with the US Marine Mammal Commission, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management,  ExxonMobil Exploration and Production (Northern Madagascar) Ltd, the International Fund for Animal Welfare, the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Government of Madagascar. An independent scientific review panel (ISRP) of five experts was invited to conduct a formal examination of the available facts. Links to the report, which became available on 25th September 2013 and the associated material considered by them can be found at http://iwc.int/2008-mass-stranding-in-madagascar

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