No More Animals Left Stranded On The Beaches Of Los Angeles County!
Over the past 25 years, Marine Animal Rescue (MAR) has brought marine animal rescue in Los Angeles County to the highest standard on the continent. MAR’s specialists have developed rescue techniques and equipment designed exclusively for marine mammal rescues, ensuring the safety of the animals and rescuers alike.
In 2009, Marine Animal Rescue successfully rescued 348 marine mammals and more than 100 sea birds. There will be many more in 2010. In July 2010, the time of this writing, MAR has already rescued 329 marine mammals.
MAR now plans to fill in a gap where the coast needs to offer rehabilitation for injured marine animals our community. One care site in Los Angeles County is not enough. Rescuers must never be forced to leave injured animals on the beach.
In 2002, rescued sea lions suffering from domoic acid poisoning crowded the existing care site to capacity, so that none more could be admitted. The site was designed and constructed years before domic acid became an issue; the effects of climate change are expected to make this need even more urgent.
After a decade of negotiation, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has agreed that there is a clear and immediate need for a second marine mammal care center in Los Angeles County, and has authorized MAR with to design and build it.
MAR is delighted to have award-winning green architect David Hertz working with us on the state-of-the-art design for the future site, at an excellent location on Dockweiler Beach in Playa del Rey.
The Pacific Marine Mammal Center of Laguna Beach shares MAR’s vision and will be overseeing the daily rehabilitation work as the second site begins operations. This means the new site will be off to a strong start, with the capacity to rescue, rehabilitate, and release hundreds of animals a year.
Now, to make this wonderful news into a working reality, we need your help.
Will you join us in this historic endeavor? All the pieces of the puzzle are together — except the funding. Marine Animal Rescue has always excelled in its work on the beaches of Los Angeles County thanks to generous contributions from individuals, and here’s the chance to multiply MAR’s capacity to rescue animals from the hazards human activity creates for them each day.
You can donate to Marine Animal Rescue HERE, or contact Peter Wallerstein of MAR to discuss sponsorship options.
We look forward to hearing from you and knowing you’ll invest in the most important enterprise we could possibly be asked to create.
Yours for a safe Los Angeles County where marine life can thrive,
Marine Animal Rescue