National partners

Our work with porpoises and other species of whale gives us the chance to work with many other research programmes. For example, diet and contaminant studies performed at Wageningen Marine Research (previously IMARES) and genetic studies being carried out at the University of Groningen (RUG). Furthermore, there is a continuous exchange of information concerning wildlife disease with the Dutch Wildlife Health Centre (DWHC).

The National Stranding Network is partly made up of volunteers and employees of Ecomare, the Seal Sanctuary Pieterburen and ‘A Seal’, who report and collect stranded sea creatures. Additionally, we collaborate with Rijkswaterstaat and SOS dolfijn.  Naturalis (the Natural History Museum in Leiden) also registers all strandings on their website

European partners

Our research permits close collaboration with similar programmes at European universities, such as the Universities of Liege and Hannover (TiHO)as well as the British Stranding Network; the Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme in Inverness and the Cetacean Stranding Investigation Programme in London. Belgium, Germany, England and Scotland all have a North Sea coastline; sea creatures do not recognise country borders and, therefore, a coordinated effort to conserve the North Sea porpoise population is essential.

International partners

Outside of Europe, we collaborate with several other research teams including those at the University of British Columbia (Canada) who are researching damage to hearing in whales. 

In order to share our expertise in the field of veterinary pathology and cetaceans, we regularly present the findings of our research to the scientific community at international workshops and congresses.