Braer

Source of pollution: 
tanker
Amount and type of oiled spilled: 
84,700 tonnes of crude oil and up to 1,500 tonnes of heavy bunker oil
Wildlife Response: 

The Shetland Oil Terminal Environmental Advisory Group (SOTEAG) activated its Wildlife Response Plan, which was prepared but not published at the time of the incident. The plan was implemented as an integral part of the Shetland islands contingency plan.

Having a pre-determined plan in place with key roles identified and strong support from the UK's Joint Response Centre was key to the response. In the years that followed, SOTEAG's Wildlife Response Co-ordinating Committee has re-addressed all the issues, examined the strengths and the weaknesses, and annually updates the plan. A permanent wildlife response centre has been established (SSPCA's Middlebank Wildlife hospital) and is readily equipped to deal with an oiled wildlife incident.

Publications and links: 

ITOPF Case History: Braer
Dealing with the wildlife casualties of the Braer oil spill, Shetland, January 1993. Heubeck. Soteag, 1999.
Rehabilitation of seals after the oil spill from the "Braer". Seal Rehabilitation and Research Centre / Hillswick Wildlife Centre. SRRC Pieterburen, The Netherlands.
The environmental impact of the wreck of the "Braer". The Ecological Steering Group on the oil spill in Shetland. Richie and O'Sullivan (eds). The Scottish Office, Edinburgh, 1994.