Whale Entanglement TeamMay 18 2015
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Name: Peggy Stap
Account ID: 575673723
Whale Rescue Research Vessel
The number of reported entanglements has significantly increased in central California over the last couple years. A larger, more capable vessel will enable us to carry all the equipment needed for a full response on board at all times. This will greatly reduce the response time, enabling us to save more whales from life-threatening entanglements.
Moss Landing team eying a 40-foot Albin that can be pre-loaded with positional locators, computer hardware and other equipment, and has secured two anonymous donors who will match donations up to $150,000. Stap is asking the public to chip in the rest. "No donation is too small," Stap said. "I want everyone to feel that they're helping to save whales." Check out the article: bayareane.ws/1ebqbiP
WET is a group of 30 plus unpaid professionals (volunteers) assembled and trained for the purpose of disentangling whales. The authority of this group is under the Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program permit #932-1905 on which Pieter Folkens of the Alaska Whale Foundation is a co-investigator. Most of WET’s core members have direct affiliations with other conservation organizations that unofficially support this activity in a variety of ways.
We primarily respond to entangled whales from San Luis Obispo to the Oregon border, but are available to assist in other locations as needed. WET was convened by Peggy Stap, Executive Director of Marine Life Studies and Mary Whitney, Executive Director of Fluke Foundation. Accomplishments of Marine Life Studies include: the initial team assembly, 877-SOS-WHALE phone number, printed response cards, printed marine mammal guides, a complete tool cache for Monterey Bay, additional tools for San Francisco, a response boat, and a trailer that can carry all equipment.