It’s been a busy time for us here at Project Jonah. Apart from keeping our eyes and ears open for any reports of strandings, we’ve been travelling all over New Zealand delivering whale rescue training to local communties. So far our Project Jonah team have trained volunteers in Auckland, Whangarei, the Coromandel, Wellington, Nelson and Golden Bay as part of our Summer Whale Rescue Roadshow.
“It's important that people understand the complexity of strandings, why they happen and what to do and what not to do if they’re the first to discover or are called out to a stranding. Saving whales isn’t rocket science, but a stranding site can be a dangerous place and people can sometimes make mistakes,” says Project Jonah CEO, Kimberly Muncaster.
Thanks to the support of Interislander our team has just completed training in Golden Bay, a known hotspot for strandings in New Zealand.
"Delivering training and responding to stranding emergencies costs serious money. We don't receive Government funding, so we rely on the support of individuals and organisations to get our work done. Interislander has stepped up to the plate on more than one occasion - helping transport us and our gear over to the South Island. We're very grateful."
Further training dates are planned for Whangarei and Christchurch in the New Year.
Saturday 7 February 2010 | Whangarei
Saturday 6 March 2010 | Christchurch
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