Cetacean Research & Rescue Unit (CRRU)

Cetacean Research & Rescue Unit (CRRU)

Charity information

Cetacean Research & Rescue Unit (CRRU)

Marine conservation charity based in NE Scotland. Conducting scientific research, marine education and wildlife rescue

Founded 1997

  • Mission statement

    The CRRU is a small, non-profit research organisation dedicated to the conservation and protection of whales, dolphins and porpoises (collectively known as cetaceans) in Scottish waters through scientific investigation, environmental education, and the provision of a professional, veterinary service for sick, stranded and injured marine mammals.

    Members of the UK Marine Animal Rescue Coalition (MARC) and providing specialist training in marine mammal rescue for an elite team of professionals, the CRRU operates the only full-time whale and dolphin emergency rescue operation in Scotland. Cetaceans are numerous in this area of the North Sea and strandings can be frequent. Liaising with the Scottish Agricultural College (SAC), Scottish SPCA, HM Coastguard, and other local and national animal welfare organisations, all staff and members of the CRRU (scientists, veterinarians and volunteers) are qualified and/or experienced to act and advise at the scene of a live stranding with first aid, professional veterinary treatment, refloatation and rescue procedures as required.

  • Aims

    Cetacean Research & Rescue Unit (CRRU) aims to:

    • Dedicated to the welfare, conservation and protection of whales, dolphins and porpoises (cetaceans) through scientific investigation, environmental education, and marine wildlife rescue.
  • Overview

    Established: July 1997

    Board members: 5

    Volunteers: 2000

    Phone number: 01261 851696

    Address: 48 Seatown AB45 3YQ

    View charity accounts on the Scottish Charity Commission website
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  • CRRU Offshore Research Boat Appeal

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