Here is a breakdown of the 2014 International Oil Spill Conference and OR&R’s involvement, by the numbers:
Articles from May 16, 2014
Local fishermen on Vieques Island have expressed concern to the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico that contamination related to underwater munitions are impacting the southeastern shore of the island and are negatively affecting fish catch.
NOAA will be conducting a fish study during the summer of 2014 to help inform this issue.
Because of the similar missions and capabilities between the International Tank Owners Pollution Federation (ITOPF) and OR&R, a month-long exchange program was developed and initiated in 2012.
In mid-May, OR&R will host two ITOPF staff members for one month in Seattle, Washington.
In early May three NOAA Damage Assessment, Remediation, and Restoration Program (DARRP) team members, Greg Baker, Natalie Cosentino-Manning, and Chris Plaisted, were lauded along with representatives from multiple federal and state agencies as part of a larger team that successfully completed the Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) for the 2007 Cosco Busan oil spill in the San Francisco Bay and central coast of California and have been implementing restoration following settlement of this case.
The Virginia Institute of Marine Science's Center for Coastal Resources Management estimated that 900,000 blue crabs are killed each year in derelict pots in Virginia.
Commercial fishers removed about 32,000 lost and abandoned blue crab pots from 3,300 km2 of Virginia's Bay bottom over four consecutive winters through the Blue Crab Fishery Resource Disaster Relief Plan, a program funded through NOAA.
The 2014 International Oil Spill Conference (IOSC) On-Water and Aerial Technical Demonstration provided a great opportunity for the international oil spill response community to observe a simulated oil spill response that used enhanced communication systems, remote observation tools, and leading edge response technologies.