Monthly Archives September 2019

What Can You Do to Prevent Marine Pollution? alyssa.dillon Thu, 09/19/2019 - 12:39

Here at OR&R, we develop scientific solutions to help keep the coasts clean from oil, chemicals, marine debris, and other forms of marine pollution. During Pollution Prevention Week, we’re asking the question, “What can you do to prevent marine pollution?”

Incident Responses for August 2019 alyssa.dillon Tue, 09/10/2019 - 12:12

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 10 incidents, including oil discharges, sunken vessels, and other pollution-related incidents.  

Here are some of August’s notable incidents:

Keystone Species Arctic Cod Extremely Sensitive to Oil Exposure

Posted Tue, 09/03/2019 - 22:40
By Dr. Sarah Allan, Office of Response and Restoration

Arctic cod (Boreogadus saida) are small, ice-affiliated forage fish, that can make up more than 80% of all living fish in Arctic waters. Arctic cod have a circumpolar distribution that includes the Chukchi, Beaufort, and Bering seas in the Alaskan Arctic, and are a critical link in Arctic food webs. 

This keystone Arctic species is also particularly vulnerable to oil spills, which was the focus of a new study titled “Embryonic crude oil exposure impairs growth and lipid allocation in a keystone Arctic forage fish.”