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CRRU team receives new boat
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CRRU Scrapbooks now on-line
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Cetacean Research & Rescue Unit

Based in northeast Scotland, the CRRU is a marine conservation charity dedicated to the study, conservation and understanding of UK whales, dolphins and porpoises (cetaceans) through scientific research, environmental education and the provision of a voluntary veterinary rescue service for marine wildlife in distress.

In co-operation with universities, research institutions and international environmental agencies, principal studies focus on the coastal cetaceans frequenting UK waters, providing baseline scientific data for the adoption of long-term management measures and conservation strategies for their protection. 

Conducting advanced training courses in marine wildlife rescue, the CRRU operates the only specialist 24-hour response team of marine mammal researchers in Scotland for live-stranded whales and dolphins. The fully-equipped team (scientists, veterinarians and trained volunteers) are skilled and experienced to act and advise at the scene of a stranding with first aid, veterinary treatment and refloatation procedures as required.

Environmental education runs throughout the very core of the charity’s ethos, addressing highly topical issues such as the impacts of microplastics, pollution, over-fishing resulting in habitat degradation, and climate change upon the marine ecosystem. To date, over 1,000 young people have attended the charity’s residential training internship courses or currently contribute to our public citizen science programme, engaging coastal communities in the collation of UK cetacean sightings data.

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