Dolphin Stranding, photo courtesy International Fund for Animal Welfare.

Dolphin Stranding, photo courtesy International Fund for Animal Welfare.

Gloucester Times: Following a shift in focus by the New England Aquarium, NOAA Fisheries is looking for more volunteers to help in the federal agency’s programmed response to reports of marine mammals stranded along the coast of Cape Ann, the North Shore and other portions of the Massachusetts.

Mendy Garron, NOAA’s marine mammal stranding coordinator, said the Boston-based aquarium, which was the lead responder for marine mammal strandings from the Maine-New Hampshire border to Cape Cod and the islands, has decided to limit its marine mammal response area and no longer will cover the coast from Salem and Beverly to the New Hampshire border, Martha’s Vineyard or Nantucket.

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