From: Kumaran Sathasivam <k_sathasivam@...
Workshop Announcement: National Marine Fisheries Service(NMFS)/National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in conjunction with Madras
Veterinary College/TANUVAS is organizing a follow up workshop to Kochi
2010 in Chennai, India Nov 8-11th, 2011 at Madras Veterinary College,
Chennai. The workshop is titled ' Establishing a model marine mammal
stranding network in SE India: Necropsy and Stranding Response Training".
Focus is on 'Training the Trainers' and participants are chiefly from SE
India (Chennai and neighboring areas) or those with background/ current
involvement in active field response to stranded marine animals
Prior experience or ability to train staff/recruit volunteers is a
necessary criteria for workshop participation. The first two days will
involve necropsy training. Next 2 days will involve stranding response
and a primer on entanglement response.
Establishment of network will involve coordination with existing NGOs,
Turtle Action Groups, Veterinary Pathologists, Student Researchers, and
Forest Officials. Post Workshop Discussion with NGOs, decision
makers/managers is currently being planned. Trainers are from
Smithsonian Institution, IFAW, NOAA, and WHOI. POCs: Dr. R. Sridhar
(Madras Veterinary College/TANUVAS sri_ramaswamy@...
) and Dr.
Mridula Srinivasan (NMFS/NOAA mridula.srinivasan@...
). Workshop is
sponsored by the Marine Mammal Commission, NMFS/NOAA, Madras Crocodile
Bank Trust, and Madras Veterinary College.