OR&R Leads Workshop on Assessing Injuries to Marine Mammals in Alaskan Waters
April 12, 2021 — Scientists from OR&R’s Assessment and Restoration Division and NOAA Fisheries, in collaboration with our partners from the Coastal Response Research Center, are leading a virtual workshop with NOAA marine mammal scientists from the Alaska Region, Alaska Fisheries Science Center, Northwest Fisheries Science Center and other NOAA participants to discuss ways to approach Natural Resource Damage Assessment for marine mammals in sub-arctic Alaskan waters.
The workshop uses oil spill scenarios to drive discussions on approaches, methods, and limitations to conducting Natural Resource Damage Assessment for marine mammals in Alaska. This will improve NOAA preparedness for future incidents.
The nine-hour workshop is being held in three three-hour sessions, one per week. The first session was kicked off on April 6. OR&R’s Assessment and Restoration Division is planning to host similar workshops in other NOAA regions in the near future.