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