Sea Alarm, in consultation with the Centre Vétérinaire de la Faune Sauvage et des Écosystèmes (CVFSE) and WWF Finland, has developed an Oiled Wildlife Response Manual for the Preparedness for Oil-polluted Shoreline cleanup and Oiled Wildlife Interventions (POSOW) project. POSOW, which will run for 2 years, is coordinated by the Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea (REMPEC) and co-funded by the European Commission.
The Oiled Wildlife Response manual is designed for volunteers with little or no experience in oiled wildlife response. It provides guidance on appropriate first aid and stabilisation actions that may be taken until expert wildlife responders arrive on scene. It is one of a series of volunteer manuals being produced for oil spill response in the Mediterranean. In May, ‘train the trainer’ courses will be given in Brest, France for personnel likely to be involved in wildlife management during an oil spill.