Listen to the latest audio podcast episodes featuring the Office of Response and Restoration. The NOAA Ocean podcast is produced by NOAA's National Ocean Service.

Hurricane Katrina: 10 Years Later (Diving Deeper: Episode 62)

What was it like working in New Orleans and the surrounding area in the wake of Hurricane Katrina?

In this podcast, we talk with Charlie Henry and Dave Wesley, two pollution responders from NOAA's Office of Response and Restoration who were working in the area in the aftermath of both Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005.

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch (Episode 126)

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is one of many areas in the ocean where marine debris naturally concentrates because of ocean currents. In this episode, Dianna Parker from the NOAA Marine Debris Program explains what a garbage patch is and isn't, what we know and don't know, and what we can do about this ocean-sized problem.

The Exxon Valdez, 25 Years Later (Episode 122)

More than 25 years after the Exxon Valdez spilled 11 million gallons of oil, we talk with NOAA marine biologist Gary Shigenaka to find out how marine life is faring in Prince William Sound today.

Cosco Busan Settlement (Episode 84)

09.29.2011 - State and federal trustee agencies will use most of the funds from a $36.8 million settlement of natural resource damages to restore natural resources injured by the Nov. 7, 2007 oil spill in the San Francisco Bay and to improve Bay Area recreational opportunities impacted by the spill.

Deepwater Horizon, one year later (Episode 73)

04.21.2011 - Take a look back at NOAA's role in the Deepwater Horizon spill response—the months when oil was spilling into the Gulf—through the eyes of one of the first NOAA responders to the spill. We're joined by Debbie Payton, chief of the Office of Response and Restoration's Emergency Response Division.

Restoration of Industrial Waste Sites (Episode 05)

An unfortunate by product of some industrial activities is the release of hazardous chemicals and heavy metals into the environment. NOAA Ocean Podcast talked with Reyhan Meharn, NOAA Regional Resource Coordinator with the Assessment and Restoration Division, about moving towards restoration at hazardous industrial waste sites.

Oil Spill Response Revisited (Epsidode 32)

04.14.2011 - Join us as we revisit the impacts of oil to our natural resources and how NOAA responds to oil spills in this interview from April 2010 with Amy Merten from NOAA's Office of Response and Restoration. (23:43 minutes)

Natural Resource Restoration (Episode 31)

03.24.2011 - Learn how NOAA protects and restores natural resources injured by oil spills and hazardous waste sites in this interview with Tom Brosnan from NOAA's Office of Response and Restoration. (15:49 minutes)

Deepwater Horizon Response and Restoration (Episode 57)

08.05.2010 - Join us for a talk with Doug Helton, Incident Operations Coordinator for the NOS Office of Response and Restoration, to learn about the critical role this office plays in support of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill recovery effort in the Gulf of Mexico.

Oil Spill Response (Episode 21)

04.07.2010 - Oil spills can happen in our rivers, bays, and the ocean. Spills are often caused by accidents involving tankers, barges, pipelines, and refineries. These accidents usually occur when the oil is being transported to us. Learn more about oil spills and how NOAA responds to these events in this interview with Amy Merten from NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration. (22:43 minutes)

What are PCB's?

06.17.2009 - Learn about PCBs in this interview with Lisa DiPinto from the Office of Response and Restoration. The discussion highlights what PCBs are, why they are still a problem today in the environment, and what NOAA is doing to help. (19:50 minutes)

Exxon Valdez Oil Spill 20th Anniversary Special (Episode 20)

03.13.2009 - Twenty years ago this month, nearly 11 million gallons of crude oil spilled into Alaska's Prince William Sound after the oil tanker Exxon Valdez grounded on a reef. Join us in this special podcast as we talk with Dr. Alan Mearns, senior staff scientist with NOAA's Office of Response and Restoration. (12:00 minutes)

EcoZone Initiative; Record Year for Spill Clean-Up; Height Modernization (Episode 2)

11.06.2008 - This week we look at the busiest year on record for the NOS Office of Response and Restoration, the NOAA office that responds to oil and chemical spills around the nation. (7:12 minutes)