Sea Grant Publication Gives Overview of Marine Oil Spill Response Options

The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative is pleased to announce a new Sea Grant publication that describes how decisions about oil spill response are made. Each spill event is unique, and factors such as weather and sea conditions, geography, and oil type and volume are considered when responders select the most appropriate tools and techniques to protect people and natural resources.

Read Oil in the water: Insights into oil spill response to learn about who is involved in responding to a spill incident, the plans and preparations they make, and the types of tools (with descriptions and special considerations needed for each) that are available to them. Also discussed are how new innovations for spill response are being tested.

Check out these additional Sea Grant publications related to oil spill response:

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.

By Nilde Maggie Dannreuther. Contact with questions or comments.


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

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