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Articles from September 18, 2015

Posted: September 17, 2015
Two men wearing life jackets stand on riverbank in front of oil spill cleanup.

OR&R continues to support response operations for the recent barge collision and oil spill in the Mississippi River near Columbus, Kentucky. Oil spilled from the damaged barge (a slurry oil) was heavier than water and sank to the river bottom.

Posted: September 11, 2015
Child putting trash into a plastic bag held by a woman.

SEPT. 11, 2015--The NOAA Marine Debris Program is a proud sponsor of the annual International Coastal Cleanup. This year, the cleanup is taking place on Saturday, September 19th across the globe from 9 am to noon.

Posted: September 17, 2015
Man marking number on blue crab's shell in a lab.

The NOAA Marine Debris Program (MDP) recently met with partners from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS), who are conducting experiments to estimate incidental mortality rates of blue crabs and bycatch species when confined in derelict crab pots.

Posted: September 17, 2015
Coast Guard members standing in a line in a conference room.

During the week of September 14-18, 2015, NOAA's Disaster Response Center hosted the U.S. Coast Guard for its Leadership and Management School (LAMS).

This course is designed to enhance and build supervisory skills through an experienced-based curriculum.

Posted: September 17, 2015
Two men in yellow vests holding a small remote-controlled plane and screen.

OR&R participated in a U.S. Coast Guard oil spill drill that was hosted by Chevron at their Richmond, California, refinery.

As part of the drill, personnel evaluated the use of small Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and an Aerostat (tethered hot air balloon) to serve imagery to the incident command post.

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