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March 11, 2004

Contact: Michael Mann at 475-1623 or mmann@guamepa.govguam.net

NOAA hosting training on Guam: "Introduction to Science of Oil Spills and Vessel Grounding Damage Assessment/Salvage"

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Pacific Services Center (PSC), in partnership with NOAA's Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R), is hosting an introductory "science of oil spills and vessel grounding damage assessment/salvage" training course this week on Guam. The course will assist federal and local agencies prepare for and respond to oil spill and vessel grounding incidents in their jurisdictions. Representatives from the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy, U.S. Pacific Territories (Guam, American Samoa, CNMI) response and natural resource agencies, and Freely Associated States (Yap) are attending.

The general topics covered in this course include: overview of oil movement and weathering, response alternatives in coral and other tropical habitats, shoreline and open water impacts and cleanup, natural resource damage assessment following vessel groundings, and vessel salvage assessment. In addition, the damage assessment portion of the training addresses environmental sampling techniques, an introduction to criteria for determining admissibility of scientific data to the U.S. court system, and examples of assessments from the Florida Keys vessel grounding program.

The course includes both classroom lectures and field exercises. The classroom exercises are being held at the Holiday Inn Resort in the mornings and the field exercises at a variety of coastal locations in the afternoons of March 8-11. The U.S. Coast Guard is hosting a spill response exercise for the course participants on March 12, 2004, at Top O the Mar.

Several local agencies are assisting with the course lectures and field trips, including the Department of Agriculture's Division of Aquatics and Wildlife Resources and the Guam Environmental Protection Agency.


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Last update: 11 March 2004

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