Oiledwildlife.eu provides an overview of the discipline of oiled wildlife response and preparedness. It is a reliable source of information for professionals, the media and the wider public on the complexities of responding to oil affected animals within the framework of the overall response to oil spills.

The principles and practices of effective oiled wildlife response are the same everywhere thus, although Oildwildlife.eu’s primary focus is on European issues, this site presents information that is of value to a worldwide audience.

Oiledwildlife.eu also recognizes the risks to marine wildlife from other sources, including the so-called Hazardous and Noxious Substances (HNS) and anthropogenic noise, and seeks to provide up to date information on these issues as well. Oiled wildlife response techniques are the basis for response to HNS incidents and links between damage from anthropogenic noise and oil and gas shipping and exploration are becoming clearer.

Oiledwildlife.eu was initiated as part of an EU funded project in 2007 and since then has been managed by Sea Alarm, an NGO dedicated to improving response to oil-affected wildlife in Europe and around the world. Comments and additional information are encouraged; we invite you to contact Sea Alarm if you wish to make a contribution.

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February 22 2016

In February 2016, Tri-Sate Bird Rescue and Research cleaned over thirty birds, most of them Canada geese, after they were exposed to mineral oil that leaked from a Virginia power station.

February 2 2016


The Virginia Beach Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and other  local wildlife rehabilitation organisations are caring for nearly 60 ducks and geese affected by a jet fuel spill in the US.

January 8 2016

A retrospective study published in the fall of 2015, looked at seabird populations from 1950 to 2010, and found the overall long-term trend for most species was downward. The University of British Columbia–based authors suggest that multiple factors play a role.

November 30 2015

Twenty mallards and ten freshwater turtles were rescued and taken into care in late November, 2015 in the North Carolina city of Charlotte after 1000 US gallons of diesel spilled into a creek.

November 20 2015

Data collected following the 2011 M/V Rena spill in New Zealand document recovery of a population of endangered dotterels after pre-emptive capture and management, and normal behavior in little blue penguins released after cleaning and rehabilitation.

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