SOTEAG recently funded a British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) course in Lerwick, Shetland.
The British Divers Marine Life Rescue formed in 1988 and has since been involved in the rescue of marine wildlife at events such as the Braer Shipwreck in Shetland. Relevant training is important to guarantee the effective and successful rescue of marine life following an oil related incident and as such SOTEAG recently funded a course for members of the SOTEAG Wildlife Response Co-ordinating Committee and fellow Shetlanders, who may be involved if a disaster struck the Shetland coastline.
The course was well attended and found to be very useful by the attendees. We hope the knowledge gained on the course will never need to be used in reality, but it is good to know that Shetland has a well trained group of people ready to assist should the Shetland marine wildlife become threatened by an oil spill.
“Shetland regularly experiences whales and dolphins coming inshore and occasionally stranding, so it is invaluable to have a team of local people who can work together and support each other in such an event. We attended a BDMLR marine mammal medic course about 10 years ago so for us it was very useful to have our knowledge refreshed, and it was great to introduce a new group of people, including vets, vet nurses, Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals officers, Scottish Natural Heritage staff, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds staff and Marine Scotland staff as well as interested local people. It was very clear that the BDMLR course has improved a great deal in the past decade and we would thoroughly recommend it.
We can only thank SOTEAG for funding and organising the course here in Shetland, which can only add to our ability to respond in the unfortunate event of an oil spill on these shores.” Jan and Pete Bevington, Hillswick Wildlife Sanctuary.