Whale stranding, "60 minutes"

Discussion in 'Marine Conservation' started by Steve O'Shea, Aug 4, 2010.

  1. Steve O'Shea

    Steve O'Shea Colossal Squid Supporter

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  2. Danno

    Danno O. bimaculoides Registered

    Jul 31, 2006
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    It would do the cause a great service if this plays over in the US. Considering the BP oil spill and how pissed off people are about how the oceans are treated, this would be great cannon-fodder for public interest in the subject.

    I really feel bad for all the marine biologists trying to bring this issue up and it is like nobody believe them.

    I would say it is a good time to start investing in artificial ocean enviornments to raise commercial fish.

    I never cared for seafood anyways. :mad:

    I will talk about this at work with co-workers. Good luck on trying to fix our oceans.
  3. GPO87

    GPO87 Sepia elegans Staff Member Moderator

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    Dancing between Vancouver and Auckland
    Thanks for this Steve (and Tony for posting it on facebook), I found this really alarming! It just goes to show once again how everything in our oceans our connected!
  4. mucktopus

    mucktopus Haliphron Atlanticus Staff Member Moderator

    Dec 31, 2003
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    Excellent segment!
  5. sorseress

    sorseress Colossal Squid Supporter

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    If you are on facebook, post the above video and ask people to share it. We are all connected to people who are not on Tonmo and who don't know anything about this. The word needs to be spread to as many people as possible.
  6. winglessgnome

    winglessgnome Pygmy Octopus Registered

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    Wow. That was very eye-opening and sad. I find your research to be very interesting, and I hope the rest of the world is listening to your warnings... I hope we can change and save the biodiversity of the ocean before it is too late...God, to imagine that there may be a future in which all sea life is nothing more than a vague memory.. or even just history. That thought sends chills down my spine.
  7. DWhatley

    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    Gainesville, GA USA
    More on Whale stranding studies: Whale Mass Stranding Attributed to Sonar Mapping For First Time - Internation Fund for Animal Welfare press release September 25, 2013


    Wednesday, September 25, 2013
    New York, NY

    An independent scientific review panel has concluded that the mass stranding of approximately 100 melon-headed whales in the Loza Lagoon system in northwest Madagascar in 2008 was primarily triggered by acoustic stimuli, more specifically, a multi-beam echosounder system operated by a survey vessel contracted by ExxonMobil Exploration and Production (Northern Madagascar) Limited.
    In response to the event and with assistance from IFAW, WCS led an international stranding team to help return live whales from the lagoon system to the open sea, and to conduct necropsies on dead whales to determine the cause of death.
    According to the final report issued today, this is the first known marine mammal mass stranding event of this nature to be closely associated with high-frequency mapping sonar systems. Based on these findings, there is cause for concern over the impact of noise on marine mammals as these high-frequency mapping sonar systems are used by various stakeholders including the hydrocarbon industry, military, and research vessels used by other industries.
    The report concluded: “The potential for behavioral responses and indirect injury or mortality from the use of similar MBES [multi-beam echosounder systems] should be considered in future environmental assessments, operational planning and regulatory decisions.”
    The full report can be found here.
    The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) welcomed the report and praised all those involved in the process, including governments, NGOs, and industry.
    “WCS and IFAW support these conclusions that add to a mounting body of evidence of the potential impacts of anthropogenic noise on marine mammals,” said Dr. Howard Rosenbaum, Director of the Ocean Giants Program for WCS. “Implications go well beyond the hydrocarbon industry, as these sonar systems are widely used aboard military and research vessels for generating more precise bathymetry (underwater mapping). We now hope that these results will be used by industry, regulatory authorities, and others to minimize risks and to better protect marine life, especially marine mammal species that are particularly sensitive to increasing ocean noise from human activities. ”
    Added, Dr. John G. Robinson, Executive Vice President for Conservation and Science for WCS: “We greatly appreciate the efforts of the U.S. government agencies and authorities and the International Whaling Commission for facilitating and overseeing this process, and we are particularly grateful to the Government of Madagascar for authorizing this work and their continued interest in the outcome. Understanding what causes mass strandings of marine mammals is critical to prevent this in the future. In this case, the cooperation by industry, conservation organizations, and government regulatory authorities led to best science being evaluated by an independent panel, which came up with conclusion based on weight of considerable evidence made available.”
    “Mass stranding response is challenging under the best of circumstances. Together with local individuals and the government of Madagascar, we provided the expertise to rescue as many animals as possible and medical care to those that stranded alive,” said Katie Moore, Director of Animal Rescue at IFAW. “Equally important was to gather as much data as possible from the animals to address the root cause of the stranding. We are pleased to see the ISRP report and its conclusions, which will hopefully be used in shaping future conservation policies.”
    The report was written after a formalized process was established to investigate the mass stranding. The process was undertaken with endorsement of the Government of Madagascar. Several have contributed to this report including organizations involved in the mass stranding response effort, the International Whaling Commission, and several relevant U.S. federal agencies.
    A multi-stakeholder steering committee was established to provide guidance in setting up and structuring the review panel and to ensure completion of the process and public release of the report. Those on this steering committee included: Dr. Howard Rosenbaum (WCS); Dr. Rodger Melton and Dr. Linda Zimmerman (ExxonMobil); Dr. Teri Rowles (NOAA Marine Mammal Stranding Network); Dr. Jason Gedamke (NOAA Ocean Acoustics Program); Dr. Peter Thomas (Marine Mammal Commission); Jill Lewandowski (BOEM); Dr. Greg Donovan (IWC); Dr. Brandon Southall (SEA), also head of the independent scientific review panel.
    The panel consisted of: Brandon L. Southall, Ph.D.; Teri Rowles, D.V.M., Ph.D.; Frances Gulland, Vet. MB., Ph.D., MRCVS; Robin W. Baird, Ph.D.; and Paul D. Jepson, DVM, Ph.D., Dip.ECZM.
    While aspects of the stranding remain unknown, the panel concluded that a multi-beam echosounder system, operated intermittently by a survey vessel moving down the shelf-break the day before the event was the most “plausible and likely behavioral trigger for the animals initially entering the lagoon system.”
    About WCS
    The Wildlife Conservation Society saves wildlife and wild places worldwide. We do so through science, global conservation, education and the management of the world's largest system of urban wildlife parks, led by the flagship Bronx Zoo. Together these activities change attitudes towards nature and help people imagine wildlife and humans living in harmony. WCS is committed to this mission because it is essential to the integrity of life on Earth. Visit www.wcs.org.
    About IFAW
    Founded in 1969, IFAW rescues and protects animals around the world. With projects in more than 40 countries, IFAW rescues individual animals, works to prevent cruelty to animals, and advocates for the protection of wildlife and habitats. For more information, visit www.ifaw.org Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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