Marine species rescue and rehab group launch at Coffs Jetty
A NEW national charitable group dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of marine species will be officially launched in Coffs Harbour on Sunday morning.
The Australian Institute of Marine Strandings is focused on understanding, protecting and conserving marine animals and particularly mega fauna such as whales, dolphins, dugongs and sharks.
The centre will serve as a rehabilitation sea sanctuary for injured and orphaned marine animals, with the overarching goal of returning suitable candidates back to their ocean home.
AIMS has been an Australian registered charity since 2012.
Its launch will take place at the Foreshore Markets.
Renowned and internationally acknowledged marine mammal veterinarian Verne Dove is one of the drivers of AIMS.
"I am overwhelmed at the response and support that AIMS has received since launching an AIMS Facebook page and we welcome inquiries, volunteers and new members at our Sunday launch," Verne said.
"From my experiences as a local vet, AIMS is going to have a huge benefit on the local wildlife, many of which are currently being euthanised by smaller animal practices."
AIMS's mission statement is to provide the highest quality of veterinary care to sick and debilitated stranded animals in a sea sanctuary.