Marine Mammal Commission

Marine Mammal Stranding Response, Health Surveillance, and Conservation Webinar

Hosted by the Marine Mammal Commission

Achieving more effective marine mammal health surveillance and conservation: the role of marine mammal stranding networks and the Marine Mammal Health Monitoring and Analysis Platform (Health MAP)

February 8, 2023

Register for the webinar here!

Objective: Provide an overview of the National Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program and the legislation that gives authority to NOAA to implement the stranding response program, introduce new legislation and the concept of a Marine Mammal Health Monitoring and Analysis Platform (Health MAP), and review how data from stranding networks enable effective marine mammal health surveillance and inform management and conservation efforts.

Presentations:

Entangled Hawaiian monk seal. Photo credit: NOAA Fisheries

Overview and purpose of the National Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program – Sarah Wilkin, National Stranding and Emergency Response Coordinator at the Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)

Regional efforts to use stranding network data for conservation of marine mammals – Ainsley Smith, Marine Mammal Stranding Coordinator at the Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office, NMFS

Case studies on how stranded marine mammals can inform conservation efforts – Laura Engleby, Branch Chief at the Southeast Regional Office, NMFS

An academic perspective: what can we learn from multi-year, cross-institutional collaborations that focus on marine mammal health surveillance? – Dr. Wendy Puryear, Senior Research Associate, Department of Infectious Disease and Global Health, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University

View from Capitol Hill: Overview of legislation related to stranding networks – Nicole Teutschel, Senior Policy Advisor, Senate Subcommittee on Oceans, Fisheries, Climate Change, and Manufacturing

Health MAP: A vision for marine mammal stranding response, health surveillance, science, and management – Dr. Frances Gulland, Chair, Marine Mammal Commission

Panel Discussion – The panel will address questions on stranding network data sharing and  collaboration for the purpose of more effective marine mammal health surveillance and conservation.

For more information, contact Brady O’Donnell (bodonnell@mmc.gov). 

LEARN MORE

Commission Letters

June 1, 2023 – Letter to National Marine Fisheries Service’s on future directions of the Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program

Publications

Coming soon…

Web Resources

Marine Mammal Health Monitoring and Analysis Platform (MMC)

Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program (NOAA)

Title IV MMPA – Establishment of the Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program