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Rehabilitation centre to save the life of the Baltic Sea


Last Friday the participants of the international scientific-practical conference aimed at saving the life of the Baltic Sea signed the memorandum on the establishment of a rehabilitation centre for animals in the Baltic Sea.

The conference “Saving the Life of the Baltic Sea: to Leave or to Rescue”, which took place at the Lithuanian Sea Museum in Klaipėda, was attended by the representatives of the Seimas Committee on Environment Protection, the Ministry of Environment, the Seaside Regional Park, the Neringa and Klaipėda City Municipalities, academic community, non-governmental and other organisations. They discussed the urgent issues related to the protection of the life of the Baltic Sea.

Seeking to implement the objective of the Water Resources Development Programme for 2017–2023 to keep the Baltic Sea in good environmental condition, the Ministry of Environment plans to establish a marine animal rehabilitation centre. The centre will help marine animals affected by pollution and other incidents and implement marine animal population monitoring programmes.

According to Laura Janulaitienė, Chief Specialist of the Nature Protection Division of the Ministry of Environment, such activities will be funded from the EU Cohesion Fund and carried out by the Lithuanian Sea Museum. It has been thirty years already that this Museum has been rehabilitating and investigating grey seals which are the most common species of the Baltic Sea. Weak yearlings of seals found at the seaside are treated and fed until they gain the required weight and then they are released back into the sea. Since 2011 the rehabilitation of grey seal yearlings has been funded under the Environmental Protection Support Programme administered by the Ministry of Environment.

The seals living in the Baltic Sea give birth to their pups from January, so now abandoned pups may be found on our seacoast. Such cases should be reported to the Lithuanian Sea Museum by dialling 8464 90740 or the emergency telephone number 112.

Communication Division
6 March 2017

Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas