The NC Central Marine Mammal Stranding Network is proud to support and contribute to many local programs focusing on conservation, recycling, preservation, ecology and fundraising. Visit the websites below for more information on how you can become a part of the action.
North Carolina Monofilament Recovery and Recycling Program
Keith Rittmaster (NC Maritime Museum Natural Science Curator) and Dr. Vicky Thayer (NC Central Coast Marine Mammal Stranding Coordinator) started the North Carolina Monofilament Recovery and Recycling Program to address the issue of marine wildlife monofilament line entanglement. This program proposes to raise awareness about the negative impacts discarded fishing line has on marine life, install and monitor monofilament fishing line recovery and recycling stations, educate recreational and commercial fishermen about safe ways to discard unwanted line, and decrease the amount of fishing line entering coastal waters and increase the amount of fishing line recycled. To date, there are over 40 recovery and recycling stations in the central NC coastal area and over __ miles of line has been collected. Please visit http://capelookoutstudies.org/NCMRRP/ncmrrp.shtml for more information on how you can help recover and recycle unwanted monofilament line and to donate to this project.
NCSU Center for Marine Sciences and Technology Skeleton Crew
Help NC State CMAST reconstruct the skeleton of a bottlenose dolphin that was found stranded along the NC central coast. Once rearticulated, the skeleton will be housed in the CMAST lobby and will be used for educational and teacing purposes as well as a symbol of ongoing marine mammal research along the NC coast. The cost of rearticulation will be around $10,000. Join the skelton crew today by sponsoring one or more of the 250 available bones ranging from $12 to $750. Visit http://skeleton-crew.org/ for more information or to sponsor a bone online.
"Protect Wild Dolphins" License Plates
The North Carolina Maritime Museum (NCMM) has a license plate program with a great conservation message. By purchasing the special "Protect Wild Dolphin" NC Maritime Museum special license plate you will be supporting the museum's research, conservation and education programs. Demonstrating your interest in protecting bottlenose dolphins and their habitat and making your car look better! The NCMM license plate proceeds help protect and increase our understanding of bottlenose dolphins that frequent the North Carolina coast. Revenues from the plate sales will go the Friends of the Museum to support the education, conservation and research programs of the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort. For each $30 plate sold, the NCMM will receive $20! You can also personalize your plate for an additional fee.
Bonehenge is the skeleton rearticulation of a 33 foot male sperm whale that was stranded on NC Cape Lookout shores in January 2004. The whale bones were buried and have since been collected. They are being rearticulated in Beaufort, NC by Keith Rittmaster, Natural Science Curator at NC Maritime Museum in Beaufort. Keith Rittmaster has been studying bottlenose dolphins and other NC marine wildlife since 1985. Donations to assist with personnel, supplies and materials and equipment can be made at www.bonehenge.org along with options to purchase Bonehenge merchandise and information on group tours. Once completed, the skelelton will be on display the NC Maritime Museum in Beaufort, NC.
Check out these sites for related information
NC State Center for Marine Science and Technology http://www.cmast.ncsu.edu/
Cape Lookout Studies Program http://capelookoutstudies.org/
Cape Lookout National Seashore http://www.nps.gov/calo/index.htm
Univ of NC Wilmington Marine Mammal Stranding Program http://uncw.edu/mmsp/about-response.html
North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission http://www.ncwildlife.org/Education_Workshops/Outer_Banks_Center.htm
Cape Hatteras National Seashore http://www.nps.gov/caha/index.htm