Training workshop on enhancing skills in marine mammal and sea turtle rescue in Vietnam

The training workshop on enhancing skills in marine mammal and sea turtle rescue: "Improving first aid skills and building a rapid response network in Vietnam"

Program overview

The training workshop on enhancing skills in marine mammal and sea turtle rescue: “Improving first aid skills and building a rapid response network in Vietnam” is organized by the Vietnam Marine Megafauna Network, the Center for Biodiversity Conservation and Endangered Species (CBES), in collaboration with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Research Center for Wetlands – Ho Chi Minh City University of Science (HCMUS), Chulalongkorn University (Thailand), the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (U.S. FWS), and the Keto Organization (Costa Rica).

The workshop took place over two days, on September 13th and 14th, 2018, at Ho Chi Minh City University of Science with the participation of over 30 delegates from various marine reserves, representatives from the fisheries sub-departments, representatives from coastal veterinary sub-departments in Vietnam, and international experts from Costa Rica and Thailand.

The workshop aimed to improve the response capacity to stranded marine mammals and sea turtle rescues by relevant units at the local level and establish a network for marine mammal and sea turtle rescue, creating connections among relevant local agencies and non-profit organizations involved in marine mammal and sea turtle rescue efforts in Vietnam.

Training information

Through practical activities, group discussions, and participation in the workshop, delegates have gained the latest knowledge and learned specific steps in rescuing and caring for stranded marine megafauna, including sea turtles. With the scientific knowledge and skills acquired, delegates have been able to make decisions based on scientific and logical grounds when faced with situations involving stranded marine mammal and sea turtle.

Our speakers and training topics

SPEAKERS TRAINING TOPICS
Vũ Long – Director of the Center for Biodiversity Conservation and Endangered Species (CBES)
General Information about Marine Mammals in Vietnam
Dr. Gabriela Hermandez is a member of the Keto Organization (Costa Rica) and a member of the International Association for Aquatic Animal Medicine (IAAAM) under the International Whaling Commission (IWC) committee.
• Biology, Anatomy, and Physiology of Marine Mammals • Situation and Response Network to Stranded Marine Mammals in Costa Rica • Shared Infectious Diseases between Humans and Animals (Brucellosis in Marine Animals and Situation in Costa Rica) • Marine Mammals: First Aid, Holding, Transportation, and Rehabilitation • Techniques for Necropsy and Sample Collection from Marine mammals
Bùi Thị Thu Hiền - Coordinator of the Marine and Coastal Program at IUCN
General Information about Sea Turtle Conservation Activities in Vietnam
Associate Professor - Dr. Nantarika Chansue is a professor at the Veterinary School, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand.
• Biology, Anatomy, and Physiology of Sea Turtles • Shared Infectious Diseases between Humans and Animals in Sea Turtles • Sea Turtles: First Aid, Holding, Transportation, and Rehabilitation
Dr. Thanida Haetrakul is the director of the Marine Animal Hospital, Department of Veterinary Medicine, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand.
• Situation and Response Network to Stranded Marine mammals in Thailand • Techniques for Necropsy and Sample Collection from Sea Turtles

At the end of the discussion session, all delegates agreed to establish the first-ever Marine mammal and Sea Turtle Rescue Network in Vietnam. The organizers and delegates have also reached an agreement on sharing scientific information and operational procedures of the network for responding to stranded marine mammals and rescuing sea turtles.

Steps for rescuing stranded marine mammals

The organizers also presented 7 kits of marine mammal first aid and rescue tools to delegates from the following marine reserves: Cu Lao Cham Marine Reserve, Ly Son Marine Reserve, Hon Cau Marine Reserve, Con Dao National Park, Nui Chua National Park, Kiên Giang Biosphere Reserve, and the One Ocean wildlife rescue team.

Additionally, more than 30 posters outlining 8 specific steps for rescuing stranded marine mammals were sent to the delegates.

We hope to organize more training workshops for researchers, officials from relevant agencies in marine reserves and national parks, local communities, as well as other stakeholders interested in marine animal and sea turtle rescue issues in Vietnam.

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