Accession Number : ADA505654


Title :   Establishing a Marine Mammal Stranding Network in the Bahamas


Descriptive Note : Research rept.


Corporate Author : BAHAMAS MARINE MAMMAL RESEARCH ORGANISATION ABACO (BAHAMAS)


Personal Author(s) : Claridge, Diane E. ; Dunn, Charlotte A.


Full Text : http://www.dtic.mil/get-tr-doc/pdf?AD=ADA505654


Report Date : 2008


Pagination or Media Count : 5


Abstract : The long-term goals of this project are to establish a marine mammal stranding network in the Bahamas to better understand the conservation needs of marine mammals in the Bahamas, with particular focus on the Tongue of the Ocean and the US Navy's AUTEC range. Through training workshops, we will build the capacity within the Bahamas to improve our ability to respond more quickly and more effectively to stranding events and increase our understanding of the cause of strandings as well as the biology of marine mammals. The stranding network will be structured so that it will become self-sufficient and able to continue into the future with local funding. The specific objectives are the following: 1) To identify and liaise with potential stranding network participants. 2) To develop the structure of the stranding network. 3) To organize a workshop to train Bahamians to effectively respond to stranding events. 4) To distribute stranding kits throughout the island chain. 5) To establish a link with stranding networks in the US and wider Caribbean region.


Descriptors :   *SEA RESCUES , *BAHAMA ISLANDS , *OCEANOGRAPHY , *AQUATIC ANIMALS , *TRAINING , OCEANS , CONSERVATION , OCEAN ENVIRONMENTS , WORKSHOPS , ISLANDS , WEST INDIES , MARINE BIOLOGY , CHAINS , REGIONS , CARIBBEAN SEA , BIOLOGY , MAMMALS


Subject Categories : BIOLOGICAL OCEANOGRAPHY
      PHYSICAL AND DYNAMIC OCEANOGRAPHY
      MARINE ENGINEERING
      NAVAL SURFACE WARFARE
      UNDERSEA AND ANTISUBMARINE WARFARE


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE