Only responders trained in large whale entanglement response under NOAAs Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program
may attempt to remove derelict fishing gear.
One calculation emulated a method currently used to help detect unusual mortality events (UME) for overall strandings by the Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program
(Wilkinson, 1996) and was termed the "UME threshold method." It was calculated as the mean number of strandings (in this case HI-FI) per month plus two standard deviations (SD).
At NOAA, she coordinates the Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program
and works on the impacts of diseases on marine protected species and on zoonotic diseases from marine organisms.