Cetacean Society International

Whales Alive! - Vol. XVI No. 3 - July 2007

Marine Animal Survival Team Gaining Momentum

By Patricia Sullivan, CSI Board

CSI's newly formed subgroup, Marine Animal Survival Team (MAST), has been making headway in its mission to develop and provide outreach and education about marine animals to the public. Since April, MAST members have been diligently cultivating relationships with other marine animal advocacy, protection and stranding networks including the Cape Cod Stranding Network (CCSN) in Massachusetts, Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation on Long Island, New York, and Connecticut's own Mystic Aquarium.

More good news: MAST recently was awarded a grant from The Sounds Conservancy Grants Program which funds projects in marine conservation that benefit the six sounds which make up the southern New England/Long Island Sound coastal marine environment. This grant funding will enable MAST members to create and provide presentations about marine animals, threats to the environment, and proactive and reactive recommendations to Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York coastline residents whose numbers swell in the summer.

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