Sealcentre Pieterburen has joined the GGGI! Based in Pieterburen, Netherlands, Sealcentre Pieterburen is one of the oldest seal rescue / rehabilitation centres in the world. They are also a research and education centre, offering a wide range of activities to individuals and families wishing to learn more about these iconic animals and why they are so important to the gloabal health of our oceans.
Nestled on the shores of the Wadden Sea (which is itself a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to it being the largest unbroken system of intertidal sand and mud flats in the world), the Sealcentre Pieterburen is a refuge for harbour seals and grey seals, as well as an educational and research institution dedicated to protecting and preserving these wonderful animals and their habitat.
Each year, an average of 5-10 seals are brought to the centre either being actively entangled in ghost gear or showing clear signs / wounds of having been entangled in ghost gear, so the amazing staff at Sealcentre Pieterburen regularly see the effects of this most deadly form of marine debris at work. They work tirelessly to rescue and rehabilitate these animals and ultimately release them back into the wild.
They are also featured prominently in the newest GGGI video from the Netherlands which shows a seal entangled in ghost gear that was treated and ultimately released back into the wild.
You can read more about the amazing work they're doing by visiting their website or by clicking on some of the links below. We're very excited to welcome Sealcentre Pieterburen into the GGGI family!