BAR HARBOR, Maine — Environmentalists, academics and members of the general public who want to learn more about marine mammals and how to respond to entanglements and strandings will get the opportunity at a regional conference scheduled for early May.
The 2010 Northeast Region Stranding Network Conference is scheduled for Thursday-Sunday, May 6-9, at the Bar Harbor Club. Allied Whale, the marine mammal research wing of College of the Atlantic, will be host for the event, which is expected to draw hundreds of people from Virginia to Maine, according to COA officials.
Maine Department of Marine Resources and the Marine Animal Rehabilitation Center at the University of New England are co-hosts of the event with Allied Whale.
The conference will feature presentations on marine mammal research, including talks by former COA President Steve Katona and Andrew Newbould, adviser to the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans. A large whale necropsy workshop will be presented by North Carolina State Stranding coordinator and COA alumnus Bill McLellan. A sea turtle disentanglement workshop will be held Saturday, May 8, and the necropsy workshop on Sunday, May 9.
The conference is free for students with valid student identification cards from COA, UNE or University of Maine School for Marine Sciences.
The general public may register for a fee, though some meetings at the conference are invitation-only. Day passes to the conference cost $50 per person, while registration for the entire four-day event costs $100.
For information or to register, go online to www.une.edu/conferences/ners2010.cfm.