[MARMAM] DATE CHANGE - Saturday 7th December for the Harmonising Global Strandings Response

Karen Stockin karen.stockin at iwc.int
Sat Aug 3 15:20:52 PDT 2019


Dear MARMAM Colleagues


Please note the DATE CHANGE to SATURDAY 7TH DEC for the Harmonising Global Strandings Response workshop.  This has already been updated on the WMMC registration.


On behalf of the the workshop steering group (named here), it is my pleasure to announce the upcoming World Marine Mammal Conference - Harmonising Global Strandings Response on Sunday 8th Dec 0830-1730


Karen Stockin, International Whaling Commission (karen.stockin at iwc.int)

Frances Gulland, Marine Mammal Commission (francesgulland at gmail.com)

Sarah Wilkin, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (sarah.wilkin at noaa.gov)

Brian Sharp, International Fund for Animal Welfare (bsharp at ifaw.org)

Sandro Mazzariol, University of Padua (sandro.mazzariol at unipd.it)

Mike Ziccardi, UC Davis (mhziccardi at ucdavis.edu)

Hugo Nijkamp, Sea-Alarm (nijkamp at sea-alarm.org)


Harmonising Global Strandings Response



In 2016, an IWC multi-disciplinary expert workshop discussed how best to develop practical guidance on handling cetacean strandings. The workshop concluded that an international Strandings Initiative should be established under the auspices of the IWC. The need for a coherent international umbrella that could link up national marine mammal stranding networks was also a recommendation of the 2018 Sea Alarm workshop organised in Brest, France.  The 2019 workshop aims at synergising existing initiatives in marine mammal emergency response. Effectively, the workshop aims to unify the efforts of IWC, ACCOBAMS, ASCOBANS, NOAA, IFAW, BDMLR, PJ and other regional and national networks alongside that of the oil spill response community. The overarching aim is to assess synergies and identify what is required to coordinate, support, enhance and globalise the response to marine mammal strandings. The workshop will attempt to standardise the approach to marine mammal stranding response worldwide, which will in turn lead to improved data collection, animal welfare, and sharing of information and resources, and improved efficiencies during emergencies. This workshop will bring together international government and non-government marine mammal and environmental protection agencies, marine mammal managers and policy makers, first responders and researchers working in strandings contexts. Countries with established networks as well as countries with minimal or no current capacity for stranding response but who share interest in the development of such capacity are particularly welcome. The anticipated output of the workshop is a white paper developed from the workshop proceedings that will be circulated to specific international organisations involved in stranding and oil spill response globally (e.g. IWC, NOAA, ASCOBANS, ACCOBAMS, IFAW, WCS etc).


Attendee Support and Opportunities: Potential attendees from developing nations whom are keen to attend in anticipation of establishing strandings capacity in their own countries should contact Karen Stockin on karen.stockin at iwc.int<mailto:karen.stockin at iwc.int>  to be considered for financial assistance.


Additionally, two student rapporteurs are required to assist with the compilation of references and drafting of the post workshop report. Potential volunteers should email the workshop leaders, and if accepted will receive free registration for the workshop.


Please register your attendance at https://www.wmmconference.org/workshops/#Establishing%20A%20Global%20Marine%20Mammal%20Stranding%20Network

WMMC Workshops – World Marine Mammal Science Conference<https://www.wmmconference.org/workshops/#Establishing%20A%20Global%20Marine%20Mammal%20Stranding%20Network>
www.wmmconference.org
Workshop registration is now open! Workshops attendance is on a first come first serve basis. As workshops become full, a waitlist will be created to hold a place for interested attendees.

Places are strictly limited so please don't delay!


Karen Stockin, PhD

Strandings Coordinator

International Whaling Commission


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