Whale Entanglement Response Workshop

Friday, April 6th 2018 from 10am-5pm

Coast Bastion Hotel, Nanaimo BC

Background: On the B.C. coast, the habitats of cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) often overlap with human activities that can have harmful impacts on individual animals and populations as a whole.   Entanglement-the wrapping of lines, netting, or other anthropogenic material around the body of an animal- is a significant threat to cetacean populations on the coast of B.C. and worldwide.  However, our remote coastline means that many entanglements likely go undetected or unreported, and understanding the scope of the problem is difficult.

Workshop objective: Join disentanglement experts and researchers as they discuss the issue of whale entanglement in our local waters and how mariners can safely help these animals.  During this one day workshop, participants will learn how to properly report, document, and help assess entangled whales to support authorized responders.

Photo credit: Cheri Herbert






Registration opens, coffee and muffins served

Natural history of large whales in the Pacific Northwest

The problem of large whale entanglement worldwide and in British Columbia

Buffet Lunch and Networking

Large whale entanglement response

Documentation of large whale entanglements

Pinniped Entanglement Response

Marine mammal response networks in BC and WA

Case studies and discussion