Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme

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The Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme (SMASS) is a research and reporting program dedicated to stranded cetaceans, pinnipeds, marine turtles, and large sharks in Scotland. It has been in operation since 1992 and is part of the Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme (CSIP), funded by the Scottish and Westminster governments. The project aims to provide a systematic and coordinated approach to the surveillance of Scotland’s marine species by collecting, analyzing, and reporting data on all strandings on the Scottish coastline.[1] The investigation of stranded marine animals can yield substantial information on their health, ecology, and conservation issues they may face.[1]

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