Wildlife Response Managers

Wildlife response managers are often marine conservation experts, biologists, or veterinarians that work for a ministry or governmental institute. Because marine wildlife emergencies do not occur frequently at a national level, training is often not a high priority. In many countries the function of a wildlife response coordinator has not been formalized and the person who assumes this position is often only identified when an incident actually occurs.

However, countries are increasingly recognizing the importance of identifying an officer before a spill occurs, giving him/her the opportunity to be prepared for this task. Sea Alarm has developed training modules to train these officers at an international level. Training includes aspects of oil spill response and details of an oiled wildlife response.

Training objectives include:

  • Causes and consequences of oil spilled at sea;
  • Response to an oil spill: options and perspectives;
  • Past response experience;
  • Importance of an integrated response to oiled wildlife;
  • Effects of oil on wildlife and reasons for species specific vulnerabilities;
  • Objectives and strategies of a wildlife response;
  • Components of a wildlife response;
  • Dealing with a developing wildlife response;
  • Health and safety issues in a wildlife response;
  • Dealing with volunteers and volunteer organisations;
  • Setting up and managing an oiled wildlife response centre; and
  • Elements of an integrated oiled wildlife response plan.

 Sea Alarm can facilitate international training events on request.