A project of Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response in conjunction with the partners and sponsors detailed below.
|Name||Species||Life Stage||Release Date||Last Location||Days Transmitted|
|Makahiki Hou||Green Turtle||Juvenile||2012-06-14||2012-09-02||80|
|Big Boy 25||Loggerhead||Adult||2011-10-18||2012-04-06||171|
|Tiki Jr||Green Turtle||Adult||2007-10-20||2008-06-01||225|
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The mission of the Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Program (VAQS) is to promote the conservation of marine animal species through response, research, rehabilitation and education.
The VAQS is largely a volunteer-based group (the Stranding Team) operating from a Stranding Center located in Virginia Beach. Stranding Team personnel are permitted by state and federal authorities to respond to marine mammal and sea turtle strandings. The Stranding Response Program is supported by the donations of goods and services from the community and grant-making organizations.
To report a dead or live stranded marine mammal or sea turtle in Virginia, call the VAQS hotline at 757-437-6159.
The Virginia Aquarium Stranding Team works with many state and local agencies to achieve its mission. Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service including Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Eastern Shore National Wildlife Refuge, Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge; Virginia Marine Resource Commission; Virginia Institute of Marine Science; City of Virginia Beach; to name a few.
This program is supported by the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center Foundation and would not be possible without assistance from Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program at the Department of Environmental Quality and NOAA Fisheries Service.