Establishing Rapid Response Network for stranding cases of cetacean and sea turtles

With a coastline of 3,260 km (2,030 mi), excluding islands, it is a given that Vietnam sees many stranding cases of Cetacean and marine turtle every year. However, due to lack of training for local authorities and coastline communities, only a few cases were responded with appropriate actions in order to keep involved individuals safe, to save animals and to record precious data of marine mammals and sea turtles.

A whale carcass in Quang Tri province

Local people tried to help a dolphin get back to water in Thua Thien Thue

A dolphin carcass in Thua Thien Hue province 

This rough tooth dolphin died after being seen floating for 2 days

In terms of conservation, successfully rescuing and releasing endangered Cetacean and marine turtle species can advance their populations which are already data gaps on science of Vietnam marine animals. On one hand, rescuing them, especially dolphins and whales which are considered as flagship species, can benefit in raising awareness for conservation and connecting diverse science communities.

CBES aims to establish Rapid Response Network for strandings, that has the participation of provincial authorities, local NGOs/NPOs and MPAs to get in touch at a glance whenever strandings are reported via a hotline.

In September 2018, we organized a workshop to train officers from coastline provinces of Vietnam and conservation NGO's staff on how to respond to strandings of Cetacean and marine turtle. We were able to announce the first ever Rapid Response Network of this kind in Vietnam that involved many authority officers of Provincial Fisheries Department, NGOs (IUCN Vietnam, WildAct, AnimalsAsia) from 07 coastal provinces. It was our honor to have Dr. Nantarika, Ms. Thanida, Ms. Gaby, Ms. Hien sharing their wonderful knowledge at our workshop.

We are planning to establish more training workshops in more coastal provinces in the future.

(to be updated)