Please report any live or dead marine animal entanglements – callÂ 1-800-900-3622 or hailÂ the USCG on VHF 16.
-Report immediately – don’t wait to tie up!
-Maintain a safe distance!
-Do not touch the animal or the gear.
-Do NOT get in the water.
-Watch out for trailing lines that may foul your props.
-Be prepared to stand by until responders arrive or hail another vessel to replace you as stand by vessel.
Have the following information ready when you call:
-Note time and location (distance and bearing to a landmark)
-Latitude and Longitude coordinates (GPS)
-Your vessel name.
-Description of the animal entangled.
-Sea conditions (wave height and wind).
-Note the appearance of the animal and the gear.
-Photograph or video the sighting if possible.
-Email photos to email@example.com
Use this diagram to illustrate the entanglement and any wounds or scars.
The entanglement response team at the Center for Coastal Studies is on call and committed to providing safe and effective disentanglement in southern New England (off MA, RI and NH).