MARINE WILDLIFE STRANDING RESPONSE & MONITORING NETWORK
With the aim to sensitise and create a 1st response network of lifeguards in Goa and establish protocols for addressing marine wildlife stranding incidents, across its 100 kms coastline, we began a collaborative project in June 2017 with the Goa Forest Department , IUCN India and Drishti Marine Services, to report incidents of live/deceased marine species, such as cetaceans and sea turtles, stranded on the beaches.
As facilitators of the network, we coordinate each stranding incident with the help of the Forest Department personnel and the continuous support from the lifeguards. The capacity building workshops conducted to train Goa Forest Department officials, lifeguards and establish this programme, were enabled through the support of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN India) . At present, this network comprises of 550 lifeguards, beach cleaning staff and forest department personnel.
Furthermore, we have facilitated the training of veterinarians from the State Animal Husbandry Department, for conducting necropsies on cetaceans and sea turtles as well as providing treatment for injured sea turtles.