[MARMAM] BP oil spill an marine mammals
rossiter at csiwhalesalive.org
Fri Jul 9 18:35:27 PDT 2010
Regarding Craig Matkin's 9 July MARMAM post, "oil spills and cetaceans"
and an earlier post I made seeking information, it appears that there is
still no effective link or contact to coordinate matching volunteers
with need in the area of potential impact from the BP oil spill. If
there is please post it to MARMAM or contact the Marine Mammal
Commission, which is seeking the best resource. Texas Audubon provides
an example of a constantly updated website resource to maximize
meaningful volunteer assistance, albeit strictly for the birds.
While shore, marine and aerial surveys, stranding responses and rehab
efforts are obvious needs, there are also several projects, underway
since before the spill, which need help to make a maximum effort to
establish baseline data prior to the oil reaching their research area.
Special skills will be needed for many tasks, but many others require
only a personal commitment to help. As examples, locals might provide
food and lodging for specialists, volunteered RVs might provide a base
for workers, or private pilots may volunteer their time and aircraft for
directed surveys. All have been effective in previous events, and
engaging the public serves the needs of the marine mammal community.
Cetacean Society International
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