Translocate marine and freshwater mammal species before onset of impactful activities
Overall effectiveness category No evidence found (no assessment)
Number of studies: 0
Background information and definitions
Translocations involve the intentional capture, movement and release of wild-caught marine and freshwater mammals into the wild. Translocations may be carried out prior to the onset of impactful activities to reduce harm to mammals. For example, mammals may be translocated away from potential energy production sites prior to construction. However, this may not be feasible where large numbers of animals are affected. There is also the risk of disease transmission, competition and social disruption at the release site (Germano et al. 2015).
For other interventions related to translocations, see Translocate marine and freshwater mammals to re-establish or boost native populations, Translocate mammals away from aquaculture systems to reduce human-wildlife conflict and Translocate or temporarily bring marine and freshwater mammals into captivity to reduce exposure to disease.
Germano J.M., Field K.J., Griffiths R.A., Clulow S., Foster J., Harding G. & Swaisgood R.R. (2015) Mitigation-driven translocations: are we moving wildlife in the right direction? Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 13, 100–105.