Sea Grant Releases Fact Sheet on Helping Oiled Animals Recover

The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) is pleased to announce a new Sea Grant publication that provides helpful tips for what to do if you come upon an oiled animal in the wild, including phone numbers for state-level animal-specific rescue authorities.  Since even a small oil spill or leak can put certain migratory marine animals at risk for oil exposure, people working and playing along the coast might run across an affected bird, dolphin, whale, or sea turtle that move through a wide range of habitats.

Sea Grant, in response to requests from resource managers, emergency responders, and concerned coastal residents, prepared the Helping Oiled Animals Recover: Gulf of Mexico fact sheet that lists four actions a person should take if they find an oiled animal. The publication includes information about a NOAA marine mammal smart phone app for stranded dolphins and whales at http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/protected_resources/outreach_and_education/mm_apps/.

The Sea Grant Oil Spill Outreach Team synthesizes peer-reviewed science for a broad range of general audiences, particularly those who live and work across the Gulf Coast. Sea Grant offers oil-spill related public seminars across the United States. 

Information about upcoming Sea Grant science seminars and recently-held events is available here. To receive email updates about seminars, publications, and the outreach team, click here.

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GoMRI and the Sea Grant programs of the Gulf of Mexico (Florida, Mississippi-Alabama, Louisiana, and Texas) have partnered to create an oil spill science outreach program.

The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) is a 10-year independent research program established to study the effect, and the potential associated impact, of hydrocarbon releases on the environment and public health, as well as to develop improved spill mitigation, oil detection, characterization and remediation technologies. An independent and academic 20-member Research Board makes the funding and research direction decisions to ensure the intellectual quality, effectiveness and academic independence of the GoMRI research. All research data, findings and publications will be made publicly available. The program was established through a $500 million financial commitment from BP. For more information, visit http://gulfresearchinitiative.org/.

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