Oil Spill Rescue Efforts Blogs

In the months since the Deepwater Horizon well began spewing crude oil, several New England Aquarium teams have flown to the Gulf to offer support. Follow the Rescue Blog for reports on their efforts to suds off sea turtles and first-hand impressions of the oil barriers protecting shorelines.

Oil Spill Webinar – Live Online Discussion

Sea Research Foundation has been working collaboratively with key institutions in the Gulf region to assist with oil spill efforts. On July 7, people around the world can get up-to-date information on the oil spill from Sea Research staff and ask them questions during a live web panel discussion from 6 to 7 p.m.

Accessible through immersionlearning.org/webinars, the roundtable will include Public Conservation Programs Manager MaryEllen Mateleska; Stranding Coordinator Janelle Schuh; and Staff Veterinarian and Director of Animal Care Dr. Allison Tuttle. Vice President of Education Kelly Matis will serve as moderator. The group will provide an overview of the oil spill and Sea Research Foundation’s involvement both in Mystic and Louisiana, as well as show how oil affects various marine animals and coastal habitats. Viewers – which will include students at Boys & Girls Clubs across the country through Immersion Learning, Sea Research Foundation’s national education division – will have the opportunity to submit questions before and during the discussion.

Information on the Gulf Coast, the effect of oil on marine animals and how people can help protect oceans is available at mysticaquarium.org. At Immersion Learning’s Web site (immersionlearning.org) and Facebook page, kids can find up-to-the-minute news coverage on the oil spill.

Lecture: A Similar Event, Lessons for the Deepwater Horizon MC252 Oil Spill – New Bedford

John W. Farrington will return to Ocean Voice on Thursday, July 1, to present “A Similar Event:  The 1979 IXTOC I Oil Well Spill Research Cruise:  Lessons for the Deepwater Horizon MC252 Oil Spill”.  If you are curious and concerned about what is going on in the Gulf of Mexico, Dr. Farrington may have the answers.  If you would like to learn more than the evening news reports, come to the Ocean Explorium to hear John W. Farrington talk about his experience and scientific research concerned with oil pollution in the marine environment. Dr. Farrington was aboard a scientific expedition that assessed the environmental fate of the IXTOC-l oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 1979.  Lessons learned from that research cruise and how they inform our response to the on-going Deepwater Horizon spill will be presented and discussed.  Currently Professor and Interim Dean of the School for Marine Science and Technology of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Dr. Farrington is also Scientist Emeritus at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution where he served as Associate Director for Education and Dean from 1990 to 2002, and as Vice President for Academic Programs and Dean from 2002 until 2005.  Doors open at 6:15 for refreshments and mingling in the Ocean Explorium.  Talk begins at 7 pm.  Ocean Voice admission:  $4/Adult, $3/Senior, Child.  The Ocean Explorium is located at 174 Union Street in downtown New Bedford and is handicap accessible via the rear entrance.  For more information, contact Betsy Pye at 508.994.5400 or bpye@oceanexplorium.org or go to the Ocean Explorium website at oceanexplorium.org

NOAA Oil Spill Website

On June 14th NOAA launched a new Federal website meant to answer oil spill response questions with clarity and transparency — a one-stop shop for detailed near-real-time information about the response to the Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill. The website incorporates data from the various agencies that are working together to tackle the spill. Developed through a joint partnership between NOAA and the University of New Hampshire’s Coastal Response Research Center, the site is a Web-based GIS platform designed specifically for response activities where it is necessary to coordinate with various federal, state and local agencies. The site will serve as the official Federal source for map-based data.

NMEA Oil Spill Resources

To participate in a general discussion about the oil spill visit the new Bridge Ocean Science Education Blog:  http://bridge.blogs.wm.edu/

To find and share relevant educational resources visit the Bridge:  http://www.marine-ed.org/bridge/

To nominate a relevant web site for inclusion on the Bridge:  http://www2.vims.edu/bridge/search/nominate.cfm

Oil Spill Resources from NMEA

To participate in a general discussion about the oil spill visit the new Bridge Ocean Science Education Blog:  http://bridge.blogs.wm.edu/

To find and share relevant educational resources visit the Bridge:  http://www.marine-ed.org/bridge/

To nominate a relevant web site for inclusion on the Bridge:  http://www2.vims.edu/bridge/search/nominate.cfm

Support for Oil Spill Victims

The Maritime Studies Program of Williams College and Mystic Seaport williams.edu/williamsmystic has been going on field seminars to the Gulf Coast, specifically Cocodrie and Grand Isle, LA, since the fall of 2004.  They have joined forces with a few other non-profits to create New Englanders for the Gulf. http://newenglandersforthegulf.org They are fundraising to provide monies for fisherman who are out of work to buy groceries for their families.  Two WM alumni are currently on Grand Isle to work with officials there and to hand out grocery vouchers to those in need.  Their blog: http://livingwiththespill.blogspot.com/

For more information contact  Aislinn.M.Doyle@williams.edu

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