Hawaii Natural Resource Damage Assessment Workshop
JULY 22, 2019 — OR&R sponsored a NRDA (Natural Resource Damage Assessment) workshop through Coastal Response Research Center (CRRC) in Hawaii from July 16-18.
The purpose of the workshop was to re-engage with the NOAA and others in the trustee community for preparing for potential NRDA under the Oil Pollution Act. The participants engaged in robust discussions on early NRDA planning and injury studies as well as funding and transitioning between NRDA and response. This workshop included discussions of NRDA for corals, marine mammals, and sea turtles. The presenters and organizing committee from NOAA included, from OR&R, Laurie Sullivan (lead), Amy Merten, Ruth Yender, and Michele Jacobi as well as Matt Parry of the NMFS Restoration Center and Rachel Ramos of the Natural Resources Section of the Office of General Counsel (GCNR).
Additional organizing committee members were from NMFS Office of Protected Resources, NMFS Pacific Island Regional Office and NMFS Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center. Workshop participants included staff and managers from the state of Hawaii, U.S Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Coast Guard National Pollution Fund Center, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy, and NOAA staff from NMFS, National Marine Sanctuaries, and the Papahānaumokuākea National Monument.
For further information, contact Laurie.Sullivan@noaa.gov.