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Pacific Southwest Research Station
800 Buchanan Street
Albany, CA 94710-0011
Research Topics Wildlife & Fish
About this Research:
Wildlife and Fish
Marine Oil Spill Monitoring Methods
Two oil spills have occurred in Humboldt Bay, California, during the years we have been conducting offshore research on Marbled Murrelets.
In both cases, the oil dispersed along the outer coastline, mainly north of the bay. We conducted surveys of mammals and birds in the bay and offshore for several weeks after both events to help inform the response, beginning with the day of each spill. This afforded us the unique opportunity to develop new techniques for assessing the impact of oil spills on the bird community. We have completed our oil spill monitoring protocol, which includes methods for recording the amount of oil on birds and on the water, building on our line transect survey methods. We are currently working on a manuscript based on these surveys.
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