Mar 21, 2020
Chris Parsons talks to Dr. Karen Stockin this week about her work on stranded whales & dolphins in New Zealand. They also discuss welfare science and marine mammals, and indigenous communities’ views about stranded whales. They also talk about a recent crisis in Dr. Stockin’s current academic base - Massey University - where not only is the world-famous marine mammal research program being closed down, but also most of the science programs in order to make bigger profits for the University.
Resources for listeners:
For those interested in signing the petition against the Massey university closures please go to https://www.change.org/p/chancellor-michael-ahie-and-the-massey-university-council-save-our-sciences-at-albany. The marine animal stranding training toolkit and other resources can be found at https://darchive.mblwhoilibrary.org/handle/1912/8695. For information about the International Whaling Commission’s stranding initiative and where to report a stranded whale or dolphin, go to https://iwc.int/strandings. British Divers Marine Life rescue and be found at https://www.bdmlr.org.uk/index.php.