Rookery Bay Reserve coordinated a Marine Mammal Stranding Network workshop on February 2. The goal of the event was to improve response efforts in the southwest region and strengthen partnerships.
FWC's Florida Marine Research Institute Southwest Field Lab and NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service Southeast Region staff provided overviews of policies and procedures and reviewed roles played by each agency. Roundtable discussions focused on strategies for improved communications, disposal methods, and training opportunities.
Attendees included staff representing FWC law enforcement, Collier County parks and recreation, Sea Grant, Rookery Bay Reserve, City of Naples, USFWS/Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge, and National Park Service law enforcement. The Naples Zoo, the newest member of the network, was identified as a potential site for future rehabilitation efforts.