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Creating targeted training for responders, governments and industry

November 1st, 2016

seaalarmtrainingTraining has always been an important component of Sea Alarm’s work, and in the last few years, the organisation has concentrated on assisting wildlife responders, governments and industry with developing their skills and knowledge in a variety of training formats. Read more…

A new self-assessment tool for oiled wildlife response preparedness

October 31st, 2016
self-assement-tool for oiled wildlife response

An example of a completed assessment, showing areas of strength and those needing improvement

 

 

How prepared are we for oiled wildlife response?

This is a question regularly considered by the HELCOM Response (Baltic Sea Area) Expert Working Group on Oiled Wildlife Response (EWR-OWR), chaired by Sea Alarm.

To help with making an accurate assessment of their level of preparedness, the Working Group decided to develop a self-assessment tool to aid countries in gauging and reporting on their progress toward preparedness for response to oiled wildlife. Read more…

Paving the way for international oiled wildlife response assistance

October 31st, 2016
The JIP20 GOWRS Steering Group (from left to right, Claude Velter - Wildlife Rescue Centre Ostend, Charlie Hebert - Focus Wildlife International, Sascha Regmann - PRO Bird, Dr. Heidi Stout - Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research Inc., Paul Kelway - Sea Alarm Foundation, Dr. Valeria Ruoppolo - Aiuká, Dr. Stephen van der Spuy - SANCCOB, Barbara Callahan - International Bird Rescue, Dr. Mike Ziccardi - UC Davis Wildlife Health Center, Louise Chilvers – Wildbase, Massey University and Adam Grogan - RSPCA) joined by Lisa Smith, Executive Director of Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research Inc. (far right) and Danene Birtell, Tri-State’s Oil Programs Manager (6th from right).

The GOWRS Steering Group (from left to right, Claude Velter – Wildlife Rescue Centre Ostend, Charlie Hebert – Focus Wildlife International, Sascha Regmann – PRO Bird, Dr. Heidi Stout – Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research Inc., Paul Kelway – Sea Alarm Foundation, Dr. Valeria Ruoppolo – Aiuká, Dr. Stephen van der Spuy – SANCCOB, Barbara Callahan – International Bird Rescue, Dr. Mike Ziccardi – UC Davis Wildlife Health Center, Louise Chilvers – Wildbase, Massey University and Adam Grogan – RSPCA) joined by Lisa Smith, Executive Director of Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research Inc. (far right) and Danene Birtell, Tri-State’s Oil Programs Manager (6th from right).

The third meeting of experts involved in the Global Oiled Wildlife Response System (GOWRS) project took place last month in Delaware, USA.

The project– a two-year initiative funded by the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP) as part of the Oil Spill Response Joint Industry Project (OSR-JIP) – aims to design an international system for oiled wildlife response expertise that can be mobilized for assistance in complex oiled wildlife scenarios. Read more…

A heartfelt thank-you from Brussels

April 5th, 2016

The Sea Alarm team were shocked and saddened by recent events in Brussels. Our thoughts are very much with the victims, their families and friends. We and our families were lucky – we are all safe, but we have been overwhelmed by a great number of messages from people all over the world checking in to see if we were OK. We sincerely thank everyone who has been in contact for showing their support and sending good wishes. Solidarity and friendship means a lot to us in difficult times like these. Wishing you all a peaceful and happy Easter period – Paul, Hugo and Saskia.

Second meeting of global wildlife response project takes place in Brazil

March 24th, 2016
The JIP20 team was joined by Aiuká staff and other Brazilian stakeholders

The JIP20 team, pictured with Aiuká staff and other Brazilian stakeholders

The second in-person meeting of ‘JIP20’, an oil-industry-funded project to develop a system for mobilising international oiled wildlife response resources, was held in Brazil in February. Aiuká, one of the participating organisations, hosted the meeting at their oiled wildlife response facility in Praia Grande, near Santos. Read more…

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