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A minke and a great multi-organisational team effort

Marine animal stranding and entanglement rescue and recovery attempts often require a team effort, bringing together lots of different individuals and organisations to share their resources and expertise. Last week members of the Scottish Entanglement Alliance (SEA) had the opportunity to work alongside the Scottish Coast Guard, Army, and local farmers when a minke whale live stranded […]

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Encountering a whale entanglement – a Fisherman’s story

This blog was written by a creel fisherman operating off the west coast of Scotland and details a whale he was involved in disentangling several years ago. It is a great example of what and how the Scottish Entanglement Alliance (SEA) can learn from fishermen regarding the entanglement and disentanglement of large marine animals.   […]

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Adventures of a veterinary pathologist

This blog was written by SEA partner Dr Andrew Brownlow, veterinary pathologist with the Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme (SMASS). A wee tale about how, sometimes, it’s good to have a strong rope on a tail. It’s often the case when, turning up on a beach with your post-mortem kit, a bizarre combination of laboratory-grade […]

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Minke whale entanglement – an update from the field

This blog is written by Stephen Marsh who is the Operations Manager with BDMLR, one of the six SEA partners. On Tuesday 10th July, crew on the wildlife trip boat run by Hebridean Whale Cruises out of Gairloch saw an entangled mike whale in the North Minch. The whale approached the boat on three occasions in […]

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Courses, conferences and call-outs

Friday 13th July 2018 It’s been another busy couple of weeks for the Scottish Entanglement Alliance (SEA) partners. On Monday 9th July the Scottish Marine Animal Strandings Scheme (SMASS) ran a citizen science course at their Inverness base, to train volunteers from around Scotland how to photograph and sample dead stranded animals for research purposes. […]

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SEA hits the road

Sunday 1st July 2018 Ellie MacLennan, SEA project co-ordinator It’s been a busy but very rewarding couple of weeks for me as the SEA project officer, out and about meeting with fishermen along the west coast and completing the first 15 questionnaire interviews. This has also been a great opportunity to visit some for the […]

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Who are the Scottish Entanglement Alliance (SEA) collaborators?

Nine individuals from six industry, research and conservation organisations make up the Scottish Entanglement Alliance (SEA) team. All bring unique expertise to the table and will contribute in a variety of ways to achieve the shared goal of working with Scottish fishermen to better understand the extent and impact of marine animal entanglements in our […]

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Introducing the Scottish Entanglement Alliance (SEA)

1st June 2018 Today sees the launch of a new research programme to better understand marine animal entanglements in Scottish waters. The first of its kind in Europe, the Scottish Entanglement Alliance (SEA) brings together fishing industry representatives, researchers and conservation charities to provide a co-ordinated, comprehensive engagement and monitoring programme to better understand the […]

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