Right from our very first meeting Cornwall Seal Group (CSG) appreciated the importance of working together with other organisations in informal and formal partnerships in order to best protect seals and their marine environment.
When we spot a seal in trouble in the wild, we work closely with British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) who coordinate all seal rescues in Cornwall and the Cornish Seal Sanctuary (CSS) with the RSPCA Wildlife Centre at West Hatch who rehabilitate all the seals rescued in Cornwall.
Our systematic seal research work has recruited the most wonderful citizen scientists who are also volunteers for other organisations working locally such as the Morte Point Wildlife Group, Looe Marine Conservation Group, Polzeath Marine Conservation Group, St Agnes Voluntary Marine Conservation Area, Newquay Marine Group, Friends of the Fowey Estuary, Helford Voluntary Marine Conservation Area and Rame Peninsula Beach Care.
We are members of the Global Ghost Gear Initiative.
As our seal research has gained wider acclaim, we have shared data, expertise and campaigning opportunities with organisations operating beyond the southwest such as: Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre, Devon Wildlife Trust, Dorset Wildlife Trust, Marine Animal Rescue Coalition, Seal Protection Action Group, Surfers Against Sewage, Seawatch SW, Wildlife Safe Scheme and the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales.
A wide range of other organisations have funded us to undertake seal and marine related research work or commissioned us to write reports and they include the Isles of Scilly Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Natural England, Wave Hub, World Animal Protection Sea Change and the University of Exeter Penryn Campus. We are hugely grateful to our Wildlife Safe boat operators: Atlantic Diving along the north Cornish coast and Dive Scilly in the Isles of Scilly.
Our research has been presented at conferences organised by the European Cetacean Society, Marine Energy in Far Peripheral and Island Communities, the Society for Marine Mammology, the University of La Rochelle and World Animal Protection and in Holland, Germany, Eire and France in Europe and in Miami and San Francisco in the USA.