The ULPGC (ECOAQUA Institute), partner of the INDICIT project in Canary Island, has conducted training sessions to homogenize standard methodologies in Canary Islands.
Training in Gran Canaria Island has been conducted on July 5th 2018 in the ECOAQUA Institute (ULPGC) facilities, Taliarte, in collaboration with the Wildlife Recovery Center of Tafira (Cabildo of Gran Canaria). Training in Tenerife Island took place on July 10th 2018 in the Cultural Centre of Los Cristianos (Arona, Tenerife) in collaboration with the Wildlife Recovery Center of La Tahonilla (Cabildo of Tenerife). In Gran Canaria 20 people attended the meeting and 29 people in Tenerife, involving technicians from different authorities which usually collaborate in the regional stranding network, such us local and national Police, council technician, port agents, environmental rangers, etc., as well as private organizations working on whale watching tours, which usually found damaged turtles at sea.
The course has been organized by the ULPGC (partner of INDICIT project), in collaboration with the NGO ADS Biodiversidad and the two regional stakeholders, Cabildo of Gran Canaria (WRC Tafira) and Cabildo of Tenerife (WRC Tahonilla). The training included the standard procedures developed by INDICIT project to monitor marine debris ingested by sea turtles, a general view of marine turtles on the Canary Islands, special actions to manage marine turtles and the collaboration with other European projects such us MISTIC SEAS II and MARCET focused on marine mammals seabirds stranding networks.