News

April 1 2014

European seabird wreck numbers continue to rise

From the end of January through early March, many seabirds washed up on the shores of France, the UK, the Channel Islands and Spain. Most were in very poor body condition with the majority in France reported as weighing less than half their species' normal weight. Puffins and guillemots continue to be the species most affected.

March 28 2014

Sunken ship leaks oil off Canada’s coast again

Last spring oil found in the waters off Newfoundland was traced to a ship, the Manolis L, which sank in 1985. The Canadian Coast Guard attempted to stop the leaks and no further oil was noted until December, when reports of petroleum odor and oiled birds on the water began again.

March 24 2014

March 2014 Texas ship collision results in oil spill. Updates: 25 March, 4 April, 7 April

On 22 March 2014, a collision between a bulk container ship and a barge in a busy Texas shipping channel near Galveston resulted in a spill of approximately 168,000 gallons of heavy fuel oil off the Texas City Dike. Birds and sea turtles have been affected, with some dolphin mortalities in the area being investigated.

March 19 2014

Australia endorses updated national plan for maritime emergencies

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority has announced that the country's state and federal governments have endorsed an updated National Plan for Maritime Environmental Emergencies. Oiled wildlife response is included in this plan.

March 17 2014

SANCCOB issues call for interns and equipment to help rear African penguin chicks

SANCCOB) has been caring for nearly 800 penguin chicks during the 2013-2014 season through their Chick Bolstering Project. Interns are needed to help with raising the penguins and a new generator is sought to supply power to the care unit. Funds to help with the purchase of a new generator are also welcome.

March 13 2014

Wildlife response in Brazil aided by new OSRL facility

A new Oil Spill Response (OSRL) facility, opened on 13 March 2014 in Brazil, houses the organisation’s fourth state of the art subsea well capping system. Similar equipment for responding to offshore drilling rig incidents is staged at OSRL facilities in Singapore, Norway and South Africa. How does this help wildlife?

March 11 2014

Update: 2014 seabird wreck kills nearly 30,000 birds

As reported earlier, the 2014 winter storm season has been extremely devastating to seabirds in France and the UK, with impacts in Spain as well. Initial reports mentioned oiled birds and birds covered in a sticky substance.  

March 10 2014

Oiled Wildlife Care Network seeks proposals for research grants

California’s Oiled Wildlife Care Network (OWCN) is now accepting proposals for its 2014-2015 funding cycle for research and technical development projects that seek to better understand the effects of oil on wildlife, to improve rehabilitation and post release monitoring techniques or to develop baseline biomedical data.  Since 1996, the OWCN has provided more than 2 milllion USD in funding for more than 100 projects.

March 2 2014

Exxon Valdez Exxon Valdez Alaska sea otter population declared recovered

It has taken nearly 25 years, but scientists tracking the health of sea otters in western Prince William Sound have found enough evidence to consider the population recovered from the Exxon Valdez oil spill.

February 28 2014

Exxon Valdez Exxon Valdez Oil spill still making news after more than 20 years

A poster presentation at the 2014 Ocean Sciences Meeting (23-28 February) provides a reminder that the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill (EVOS) is still affecting the shorelines of some of Alaska’s national parks.