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Advanced Disentanglement Training
Curriculum Summary  Dec. 11, 2000



     Overview of Network and CCS role as coordinator, including NMFS role

     Issues specific to the Audience (e.g. fishermen, biologists, government…etc.)

     Issues specific to the Region being trained (e.g. Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, West Coast, other countries…etc.)

Authorization:  Legal issues

        Special permit required

        Criteria for standing authorization

        This training does not imply authorization


        Verify, stand by, initial documentation

        Getting responder to scene


        Intro - rationale

        Common Misconceptions: 

        Condition of animal

        Assessment of gear

        Assessment of response conditions

        Potential actions




        Case histories

        Preparation of buoy

        Attaching buoy

Disentanglement Procedures

        Common misconceptions

        Brief general overview and history

Freeing an anchored whale

        Approach techniques

        Adding buoys to keep the whale at the surface

        Carefully assess the entanglement

        Special problems and techniques for removing gear

        Case histories

Controlling a free-swimming whale

        Intro:  A modification of historic whaling technique

        Attaching to the whale - techniques

        Slowing the whale and keeping it at the surface

        Applying additional force

        Formulating the disentanglement plan

        Special equipment

        Case histories

Documentation and follow-up

        Documenting whale (ID and species) including injuries

        Documenting gear

        Retrieving and archiving gear (NMFS)

        Reporting to Network (e.g. to web site and NMFS)

        Research and development


        Overview of role

        Memorandum of Agreement


        Stand by

        Transport team


        General Prudential Rules

        Support vessel and plane

        Approaches to whale

        Personnel equipment


        Whale behavior and behavior around whales

Future Goals

        Network goals

        Advancement of Network members

        Maintaining preparedness

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