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Media Availability: Dolphin UME in Mid-Atlantic

Contact:          Maggie Mooney-Seus, NE Region                                         FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

                       978-281-9175                                                                           August 8, 2010

                       Connie Barclay, National

                       301-427-8029

                       Allison Garrett/Kim Amendola, SE Region

                       727-551-5750/727-551-5707

                       Joan Barns

                       Virginia Aquarium

                       757-385-0252

                        

MEDIA ADVISORY: NOAA Fisheries Declares Unusual Mortality Event in Mid-Atlantic

NOAA Fisheries has declared an Unusual Mortality Event due to the high number of bottlenose dolphin strandings that have occurred in coastal areas from New York to Maryland over the past several weeks. NOAA Fisheries staff and a representative of the National Stranding Network from Virginia, where the highest number of strandings have occurred to date, will be on hand to answer questions about what this means and next steps.  For more information on this UME please visit our website  

 http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/health/mmume/midatldolphins2013.html

Other Background Information:

For more information on UMEs: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/health/mmume

For more information on bottlenose dolphins:

http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/species/mammals/cetaceans/bottlenosedolphin.htm

Background on why animals strand: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/health/faq.htm

History of the National Stranding Program: https://www.greateratlantic.fisheries.noaa.gov/prot_res/stranding/NERStrandingHistory.pdf

WHAT:        Media Availability

                        Call in information: 1-630-395-0218     

                  Participant code:  DOLPHINS

WHEN:       Thursday, August 8, 2013  2:00 pm to 2:30 pm EST           

WHO:         Teri Rowles, national marine mammal stranding coordinator, NOAA Fisheries

                  Mendy Garron, northeast region marine mammal stranding coordinator, NOAA Fisheries

                  Lance Garrison, research biologist, NOAA Fisheries

                  Mark Swingle, director of research and conservation, Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center/Susan                                                       Barco, research coordinator & senior scientist, Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center

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