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Extensive effort has also gone into developing and testingunique and specialized cutting tools that can help removethe gear safely and without causing additional harm tothe whales.During the past 30 years, more than 1,000 whales havebeen freed of gear using boat-based techniques that havebeen proven productive and safe. To date no major injurieshave occurred.Anyone who sees an entangled whale or other marinemammal should call the local NOAA Fisheries RegionalOffice, Marine Mammal Stranding Network, or the U.S.Coast Guard.For more information, visit www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/health.What to Do if You Spot an Entangled WhaleOcean users have formed a warm bond with whales and whenwe see one in trouble it is natural want to help the animal.But the desire to do something good can often lead to disaster.A few key reminders:• Do not get into the water under any circumstances to tryand save an entangled whale.• NOAA Fisheries does not authorize anyone to rescueentangled whales unless they are specially trained andpermitted under NOAA Fisheries’ Marine Mammal Healthand Stranding Response Program.• Call the U.S. Coast Guard or the local marine mammalstranding network for assistance.Thank You, Ocean!“The ocean takes care of us. Let’s return the favor.”That’s the message of a new California-wide oceanawareness campaign launched in September 2006 by theNOAA National Marine Sanctuary Program and the Stateof California Research Agency. Developed with inputfrom the California Ocean Communicators Alliance,a grassroots network of 200 representatives from oceanrelatedbusiness, agencies and organizations who researchmillions of Californians, the campaign is designed to spurcitizen involvement in ocean protection. Campaign ads andfilm messages highlight the connection between humansand the ocean, and direct the public to the www.thankyouocean.org Web site to learn five things everyonecan do to thank the ocean.New SanctuaryProgram VesselsDedicatedThe NOAA National MarineSanctuary Program dedicatedtwo new research vessels in fall2006 that greatly enhance theprogram’s on-the water research,enforcement and educationcapabilities. The 50-foot R/VAuk supports Stellwagen BankNational Marine Sanctuary,located off the Massachusettscoast. The 67-foot R/V Fulmarserves California’s Monterey Bay,Cordell Bank and Gulfof the Farallones nationalmarine sanctuaries. “The dedication of these state-of-the-art researchvessels fulfills our commitment to support scientific research, datacollection and real-time monitoring that will lead to better ecosystembasedmanagement of our marine sanctuaries,” said Daniel J. Basta,director of the NOAA National Marine Sanctuary Program. The vessels werebuilt by All American Marine in Bellingham, Wash.The Oceans Get Help from theLittle MermaidPhoto: All American MarineThe National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, NOAA, the Ad Council,Walt Disney Corporation and Environmental Defense have launched anational multimediapublic servicecampaign focusedon keeping ouroceans clean andfree of marinedebris. Using theLittle Mermaid andother iconic Disneycharacters in thefilm, the partnerscreated TV, radio,© Disney. Reproduced with permission.print and outdoorads to help focus attention on the need to properly dispose of trash thatoften ends up in the ocean as marine debris. The campaign communicatesto audiences that, regardless of where you live, “life in the oceans dependson you,” and encourages ocean lovers everywhere to dispose of trashproperly. To learn more, visit www.keepoceansclean.org.Photo: Robert Schwemmer/NOAA6