Coastal Communities in Kenya Learn to Rescue Stranded Dolphins and Whales

Coastal Communities IFAW - Kenya Learn to Rescue Stranded Dolphins and Whales

Kenya’s 600 kms of coastline support local livelihoods through fishing and tourism and play a vital role in carbon sequestration. However, increased marine transport, overexploitation, climate change, and pollution have led to a rise in marine mammal strandings, with 17 cases reported in 2024 alone. In response, IFAW held Kenya’s first marine mammal rescue workshop. The workshop trained 40 local participants, including fishermen and marine park rangers, in best practices for whale and dolphin rescue. Participants learned practical techniques for safely disentangling whales using grapples and buoys. This training empowers local communities to protect marine life and sustain their livelihoods, fostering a sustainable future for both the environment and the people.