Oiledwildlife.eu provides an overview of the discipline of oiled wildlife response and preparedness. It is a reliable source of information for professionals, the media and the wider public on the complexities of responding to oil affected animals within the framework of the overall response to oil spills.

The principles and practices of effective oiled wildlife response are the same everywhere. So although Oiledwildlife.eu’s primary focus is on European issues, this site presents information that is of value to a worldwide audience.

Oiledwildlife.eu also recognises the risks to marine wildlife from other sources, including Hazardous and Noxious Substances (HNS) and anthropogenic noise, and seeks to provide up to date information on these issues as well. Oiled wildlife response techniques are the basis for response to HNS incidents and links between damage from anthropogenic noise and oil and gas shipping and exploration are becoming clearer.

Oiledwildlife.eu was initiated as part of an EU funded project in 2007 and since then has been managed by Sea Alarm, an NGO dedicated to improving response to oil-affected wildlife in Europe and around the world. Comments and additional information are encouraged; we invite you to contact Sea Alarm if you wish to make a contribution.

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February 12 2019

Scientists study seabird wreck in the North Sea

Large numbers of seabirds are washing up dead on North Sea beaches from Germany to Belgium. The majority of affected birds are guillemots, although some fulmars and kittiwakes have also been recovered.

November 29 2018

Unknown number of birds affected by Newfoundland oil spill

 On 16 November, 2018, at least 250,000 litres of oil spilled approximately 350 km offshore from Newfoundland, Canada affecting an area with a signifcant seabird population.

May 27 2018

Job Opening: Oil Programs Manager, Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research, USA

Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research, Inc., is seeking a manager for its Oil Programs department to oversee and coordinate the projects and resources of the department in conjunction with the mission of the organisation.

April 5 2018

Wildlife affected by oil spills in Columbia and Indonesia

In Columbia, an oil spill is implicated in  the deaths of more than 2,400 fish, birds and reptiles, while in Indonesia the death of an endangered dolphin is being investigated.

February 8 2018

Wildlife response preparedness good practice guidelines available in six languages

French, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish versions of the IPIECA Wildlife response preparedness: Good practice guidelines for incident managers and emergency response personnel are now available online at

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