The governing bodies of two regional oil pollution response agreements have recently recognised the importance to be prepared for oiled wildlife incidents.
The RIOS workshop was held at Zoomarine, in Albufeira, Portugal, on 17-19 April 2008. The workshop offered the unique opportunity for individuals and organisations actively involved in the field of oiled wildlife response and rehabilitation to contribute to the identification of the research priorities.
The Regional Baltic Workshop, organised by WWF-Finland, SYKE and Sea Alarm, was held in Helsinki on 17-19 March 2008. The workshop brought together 35 participants, mainly from the Baltic coastal states, as well as the UK (RSPCA), the US (IFAW), and Belgium (Sea Alarm Foundation and VOC Ostend).
Volganeft 139 Volganeft 139 - Black Sea oil spill, 11 November 2007
A tanker spill in the Black Sea area is reported. According to Reuters, the Russian tanker Volganeft-139 would have lost over 1000 tonnes of fuel oil in the Kerch Street between the Azov and Black Seas.
The Italian Civil Protection and Legaambiente have developed and published a manual for volunteer involvement in the coastal cleanup activities in the aftermath of an oil spill. The manual includes a chapter on oiled wildlife and can be downloaded in different languages from the Legambiente website.
Proceedings of the Effects of Oil on Wildlife Conference (Monterey june 2007) are now available online!
The Effects of Oil on Wildlife Conference was recently held in Monterey, 26-28 June 2007. The Proceedings of this important event are already publicly available online, click here to view.
Sea Alarm encourages all the stakeholders who would like to contribute or share any news regarding oiled wildlife issues to send them to email@example.com with a short text with pictures, if appropriate.
The Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre Ostend (VZW Opvangcentrum voor vogels en wildle dieren Oostende) will be moved to a brand new rehabilitation centre in one year and a half. The construction of the new centre, which will be built in two phases, started on 18th April 2007!