June 16 2015

Mystery oil spill hits New Zealand coast with minor wildlife impact

Clean up crews are working on New Zealand’s North Island to recover a small amount of oil from an unknown source that began hitting the area between Foxton and Himatangi on 15 June. As of 16 June no oiled birds have been found but crews did report a juvenile seal with a patch of oil on it.

June 5 2015

South African penguins oiled by unknown source

SANCCOB is caring for 30 oiled African penguins found by rangers on two islands in Addo Elephant National Park in South Africa. There are more oiled birds on the islands, however inclement weather is holding back their transport off the islands.

May 21 2015

23 June Update: Wildlife response to US oil spill underway

One tarball from a Los Angeles County beach, approximately 150km south of the spill, was confirmed as matching oil from this spill. No further live oiled birds have been found in recent weeks but one live marine mammal was rescued.

May 18 2015

Small spills affect birds in New Zealand and the UK

One week after a leaky line on a ship spilled an unknown quantity of bunker oil at the Port of Tauranga in New Zealand, there are a few isolated reports of impacted birds, only one of which was captured. In the UK more than 30 birds were taken into care after being coated in cooking oil.

April 24 2015

Canary Islands shearwaters impacted by sunken trawler

Three Cory’s shearwaters (Calonectris borealis) have been taken into care on Gran Canaria as part of the response to an oil spill from a sunken Russian trawler. Experts are continuing to patrol the area looking for more oil-impacted wildlife.

April 15 2015

Deepwater Horizon Deepwater Horizon Deepwater Horizon study: dispersant worse than oil for cold water corals

A study conducted by Pennsylvania State University and Temple University has found that several cold water coral species found in the deep marine environment of the Gulf of Mexico are more seriously affected by exposure to the dispersant Corexit9500A®, used during the Deepwater Horizon event, than by exposure to oil alone or a combination of oil and dispersant.

April 10 2015

Updated 16.4.2015: Few wildlife reports in the early stages of Vancouver Canada oil spill

A spill of more than 2 metric tonnes of either bunker fuel or raw crude oil reported on Wednesday 8 April, 2015 is considered 80% contained as of Friday afternoon with few reports of impacts on wildlife in the region. As of 16 April, at least thirty oiled birds have been rescued and are being stabilised for cleaning.

March 4 2015

Deepwater Horizon Deepwater Horizon Gulf of Mexico dolphin die-off: Links to Deepwater Horizon vary by region

Analysis of data from the Northern Gulf of Mexico Unusual Mortality Event (UME) found that this longest running UME is actually a cluster of events involving four distinct groups of dolphins. One of those clusters is strongly linked to the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) blowout.

February 9 2015

Minor oil incident in Ireland affects Dublin swans

Oil from an unknown source made its way into the lake in Sean Walsh Park and the Grand Canal on 7 February 2015. Dublin SPCA has 10 oiled swans in care.

January 27 2015

New IPIECA guidance document on wildlife response planning available

A new good practice guide on preparing for oiled wildlife response, Wildlife response preparedness: Good practice guidelines for incident management and emergency response personnel, is now available online.