Governor helps celebrate launch of new Marine Mammal Rescue Team
Gov. Maggie Hassan speaks about the launch of a new New-Hampshire based Marine Mammal Rescue Team in Portsmouth on Tuesday. The Seacoast Science Center in Rye will lead the new effort. (Gretyl Macalaster)
Hassan was joined by John Bullard, northeast regional administrator for National Marine Fisheries Services, a division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, as well as representatives from the New England Aquarium and the SSC.
The MMRT will staff a 24/7 hotline, 365 days a year, to receive reports of marine mammals in need of assistance, or from the public worried that a seal might need assistance. Signs will be posted at various beach entry points and first responders and town governments along the coast have also been notified. Rack cards will also start appearing at area businesses.
She said the SSC is the perfect organization to lead the team, as their mission focuses on good stewardship of the ocean.
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