Vessels and Corals: A Tale in American Samoa

Posted Mon, 05/20/2019 - 17:48
By Robin Garcia, Coral Reef Conservation Program, and Doug Helton, Office of Response and Restoration

In December 1991, Tropical Cyclone Val struck American Samoa. It was the worst cyclone to impact the Samoan Islands since the Apia cyclone of 1889. Among the devastation caused, nine fishing vessels were grounded on the coral reef in Pago Pago Harbor on Tutuila Island, the largest and most populated island in American Samoa. About 1,500 gallons of oil was released into the harbor during the grounding incident.

Minds Behind OR&R: Meet California’s Marine Debris Regional Coordinator Sherry Lippiatt
By Alyssa Dillon, Office of Response and Restoration
alyssa.dillon Tue, 05/14/2019 - 15:14

This feature is part of a monthly series profiling scientists and technicians who provide exemplary contributions to the mission of NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R). This month’s featured scientist is Sherry Lippiatt, the California regional coordinator for OR&R’s Marine Debris Program.

When is the Atlantic Hurricane Season?
By Charlie Henry, Office of Response and Restoration
alyssa.dillon Fri, 05/10/2019 - 15:27

“When is hurricane season?”

That question was posed by Ernesto Morales with the NOAA Weather Forecast Office (WFO) in San Juan, Puerto Rico at a recent preparedness workshop. Officially, the Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from the first day of June through the last day of November each year – but Ernesto wasn’t looking for the official response.

Incident Responses for April 2019 alyssa.dillon Tue, 05/07/2019 - 15:49

Every month our Emergency Response Division provides scientific expertise and services to the U.S. Coast Guard on everything from running oil spill trajectories to model where the spill may spread, to possible effects on wildlife and fisheries, and estimates on how long the oil may stay in the environment.

This month OR&R responded to 15 incidents, including oil discharges, sunken vessels, and two gray whale carcasses.

The North American Satellite Tracking of Pollution (NASTOP) Program: A Canada-U.S. Collaborative Effort for Marine Oil Spill Detection and Monitoring Capabilities

Posted Wed, 05/01/2019 - 18:02

MAY 2, 2019 — On this day, one year ago, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and its counterpart in the north, Environment and Climate Change Canada, worked together to create the North American Satellite Tracking of Pollution (NASTOP) Program to bolster our shared capacity to respond to marine pollution events.

‘There is Nothing Gained by the Second Kick of a Mule’ and Failure to Prepare for Disasters

Posted Wed, 04/24/2019 - 11:19
By Charlie Henry, Office of Response and Restoration

Preparing for a disaster isn’t that different from preparing for a sporting event or just about any activity in which planning benefits from past experience. We learn from past events and apply that knowledge to future events — or we at least like to believe that we truly do learn and make better future decisions from experience.

How to Reduce Your Oil Consumption, Without Ditching Your Car
By Alyssa Gray, Office of Response and Restoration
alyssa.dillon Fri, 04/19/2019 - 18:11

At NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration, we respond to oil spills both big and small — from the millions of barrels of oil that spilled into the Gulf of Mexico during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, to spills of a few barrels released from minor vessel accidents that happen every month. But oil is entering America’s coasts and waterways on a daily basis through another means of pollution — oil runoff.

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