Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Definition for residency or site fidelity

Below is the working definition of residency or site fidelity of marine mammals compiled by Aine O’Shea, a member of the international MARMAM mailing list, posted on 13 July 2013. Thanks a lot Aine for allowing me to post the article in its entirety on my blog! If you want to contact Aine directly, her email is osheaine@gmail.com.

Aine's compilation helps my thoughts on the residency patterns of small cetaceans in Lovina (pix by myself)

Following a request I submitted to MARMAM last week regarding a definition for residency / site fidelity, I have received some information which I would like to share with the MARMAM site.  

- It varies and there is no standard definition

- The term "site fidelity" is borrowed from studies of terrestrial taxa, and in many cases those animals (whether they're mammals, lizards etc.) have very narrow ranges and/or territories that are easily defined.  This isn't the case with most cetaceans

- Residency is in the eye of the beholder

Update on November workshop & stranding events

A short update for the November stranding workshop. The workshop is now titled “The 1st National Indonesian Marine Mammal Stranding Workshop”. It’s still from Monday, 25 November to Thursday, 28 November 2013. However, 25 November event starts with dinner and opening ceremony by the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries during dinner. Hence we recommend participants to arrive by Monday, 25 November late morning or afternoon, instead of Sunday, 24 November.

Registration form is still being finalised, so is the invitation letter. We hope to put the registration form online by late next week. Also, we hope to put the tentative schedule online by the end of August. The rough idea is: Day One for 1st Responder workshop and training, Day Two for vet and bycatch lectures, and Day Three for vet lectures and necropsy demo (see below).