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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Disaster

Friday, 7 May 2010

AUSMEPA is very concerned about the impact on the marine environment of the oil spill resulting from the explosion and sinking of the drilling rig Deepwater Horizon, in the Gulf of Mexico.

In particular the affect it will have on fish, shellfish, marine mammals, turtles and other sensitive resources and habitats including wetlands, mudflats, beaches, bottom sediment and the water column.

To keep up to date with what is happening in the response to this major oil spill we suggest you may wish to monitor the following websites.

The US Coast Guard has overall coordination of the response and provides regular updates and other information about the spill to monitor click here

BP, the company which had contracted the Transocean Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, has said it will be responsible for responding to the oil spill and will meet all the clean up costs. BP provides updates to the spill on its website, to monitor click here

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) which is the agency that provides scientific expertise like running oil spill trajectory models and advises on marine life and resources at risk provides daily updates on its activities, to see NOAA information click here

The International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation Ltd. (ITOPF) provides very sound information on the impact of oil spills on the marine environment and oil spill response techniques. To see the ITOPF website click here

A marine biologist, Jennifer Kennedy from About.Com Marine Life also provides information about the response and the affects on marine life, to monitor this information click here

In Australia the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) is responsible for managing Australia’s National Plan to Combat Pollution of the Sea by Oil and other Noxious and Hazardous Substances, to see how this is done click here

AMSA also provides valuable information for young Australians about the marine environment, to see click here

The US National Marine Educators Association provides a range of free marine oil spill response education resources, to see these click here