Training on cetacean necropsies
In the frame of the implementation of the “Work Programme 2011-2013” (Resolution 4.5) adopted by the last Meeting of the Contracting Parties (Monaco 2010), the ACCOBAMS Permanent Secretariat has planned to set up a training regarding the necropsies of cetaceans for veterinarians or scientists usually involved in this task.
In fact, cetacean strandings create an important opportunity for the gathering of much needed knowledge on natural and human-induced mortality of cetacean populations, and provide an available source for precious additional information, among other things, on the biology, pathology, toxicology and population genetics of the concerned species.
This training aims also at reinforcing capacity building and will allow a better use of the Guidelines regarding the best practices and procedures for dealing with mass mortality events due to chemical pollution, noise and pathogenic agents.
For this second training, the "Institut National de Recherche Halieutique" Regional Center of Tangier, Morocco welcomed the trainer, M. Alvaro Garcia de Los Rios, veterinarian, and the participants. The training took place from January 28 to February 1st 2013.
The training started by two days of theoritical sessions with an overview of the identification of species, the anatomy and physiology of cetaceans, the creation and management of a stranding network and the role and implication of the veterinarian within the stranding network.
The three following days were dedicated to the necropsies of two Stenella coeruleoalba which have been found stranded along the Moroccan coast.
Last Updated (Monday, 18 February 2013 11:30)