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Workshop Report on Preparing for Oil Spill Impacts to Dolphins Now Available

DEC. 5, 2022 — On Feb.15-16, 2022, the Coastal Response Research Center and NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration co-sponsored a virtual workshop entitled “Greater Houston Area Bottlenose Dolphin Data Gaps.”

A dolphin.

The workshop addressed data needs, distribution, health, and challenges of these dolphin stocks and how this information could support potential future natural resource damage assessments in the region. The two-day workshop included plenary presentations in which federal, state, and local representatives outlined: dolphin distribution demographics, and fecundity; and health (live animal studies, strandings, unusual mortality events (UMEs).

Threats to the animals were also discussed, including contamination (mercury, land-based emerging contaminants of concern, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), persistent organic pollutants (POPs) including polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and dioxin), oil spills, superfund sites, water/sediment quality; human-caused impacts from shipping, fisheries, and engineering projects (storm surge protection, dredging, construction); and extreme weather, freshwater inundation, and harmful algal blooms. The workshop report including the presentation summaries is now available.

Last updated Sunday, December 18, 2022 10:03pm PST