Friday, November 9, 2012

New York's Marine Life Caretakers

New York's Long Island sea turtles and marine mammals that strand, are injured, or otherwise compromised, are under the protection of the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation, a nonprofit that actively studies the marine environment.

"New York's waters show serious effects of man's activities resulting in a heavily stressed ecosystem. Aware of the importance this coastal area holds for marine life, from plankton to fish, birds and whales, we are concerned that these vital habitats are being destroyed," writes the website.

Consequently, their goals are:
1. Encourage conservation and stewardship of the marine environment through scientific findings and public education programs.
2. Establish and maintain a comprehensive data archive on marine species, particularly marine mammals and sea turtles, and their habitats in local waters through active field research and the stranding program.


The website notes that the foundation has rescued, treated and released over 4,000 marine mammals and sea turtles since it's founding in 1996.
 








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