A rescue centre for stranded marine animals at Airoli is to be inaugurated on 26th of July

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A rescue centre for stranded marine animals at Airoli is to be inaugurated on 26th of July

Stranded animals along the Konkan coast will be saved

Thursday, 23rd July 2020


The response unit of Coastal and Marine Biodiversity Centre in Airoli is going to be inaugurated on 26th of July. The centre has one 1,000 litre tank, five 500 litre water tanks, medicines, medical equipment and an operation table along with visiting veterinarians.

 

Mangrove and Marine Biodiversity Conservation Foundation which is run by the state has established a rescue centre to save stranded marine animals at Navi Mumbai’s Airoli.

 

July 26th is the International Day for Conservation of Mangroves. The response unit will take care of smaller marine animals initially and eventually expand to take care of bigger ones.

 

The centre will help in providing timely response in cases of stranding, especially along Mumbai’s shoreline. It will also ease the burden on the Dahanu centre. Once we receive information about stranding, parallel information will be sent out to veterinarians closest to the spot to examine whether the marine animal has an injury or a health condition or will be deployed to the centre. More such centres are planned in Sindhudurg and Ratnagiri districts”, Virendra Tiwari, Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Mangrove Cell) and executive director of the foundation said.

 

88 marine animals including dolphins, whale, turtles and porpoise have died from 2015 to 2018 along the Konkan coast.

 

 

Source: Indian Express 

 


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