Handbook on Oil Impact Assessment for Seabirds

The Handbook on Oil Impact Assessment was developed as a result of a scientific workshop that was held in La Coruña, Spain in September 2006. The workshop brought together scientists from across Europe to identify the main issues with regards to the integration of Impact Assessment into oiled wildlife response and the wider oil spill response.

The main conclusions from the workshop were:

  • Where possible, the impact of an oil spill incident on seabirds should be prevented, by using ideally pre-spill prepared information on the seasonal distribution of vulnerable species and consulting scientists in the planning of response operations.
  • Impact Assessment should be an integrated part of oil spill response planning .
  • There is a need for an internationally developed manual, protocol or set of guidelines that could be used to design an adequate, standardized system of data collection and analysis as an integrated part of oil spill response so that a reliable assessment of impact on wildlife populations can be made.

Online Handbook

The Handbook is published online by the Nederlandse Zeevogelgroep (Dutch Seabird Group). This ensures that always the latest version of each section is available. The different sections can be downloaded using the table of contents below. Most documents are available in PDF or Word formats.

Front page pdf-file doc-file
1.0 INTRODUCTION pdf-file doc-file
2.0 RATIONALE pdf-file doc-file
3.0 PREPAREDNESS pdf-file doc-file
   4.1 Assessing the damage pdf-file doc-file
   4.2 Biological advice pdf-file doc-file
5.0 BIBLIOGRAPHY pdf-file doc-file
6.0 WEB-LINKS pdf-file doc-file
   3.0 Technical documents
   EUROPEAN SEABIRDS pdf-file doc-file
   EUROPEAN CONTACTS pdf-file doc-file
   4.1 Technical documents
   Standard autopsy pdf-file doc-file
      Standard autopsy Shopping List Reduced pdf-file doc-file
   Ageing Manual pdf-file doc-file
   Condition Manual pdf-file doc-file
   Diet study pdf-file doc-file
      Diet Study Shopping List pdf-file doc-file
   External Exaninations pdf-file doc-file
      External Examination Shopping List pdf-file doc-file
   Bird Families
      ALCIDAE pdf-file doc-file
      GAVIIDAE pdf-file doc-file
      PHALACROCORACIDAE pdf-file doc-file
      PROCELLARIIDAE pdf-file doc-file
      SULIDAE pdf-file doc-file
   Autopsy Forms
      Autopsy_form_general_seabird pdf-file doc-file
      Autopsy_form_Alca_torda pdf-file doc-file
      Autopsy_form_Alle_alle pdf-file doc-file
      Autopsy_form_Fratercula_arctica pdf-file doc-file
      Autopsy_form_Gaviidae pdf-file doc-file
      Autopsy_form_Laridae pdf-file doc-file
      Autopsy_form_Phalacrocoracidae pdf-file doc-file
      Autopsy_form_Procellariidae pdf-file doc-file
      Autopsy_form_Stercorariidae pdf-file doc-file
      Autopsy_form_Sulidae pdf-file doc-file
      Autopsy_form_Uria_aalge pdf-file doc-file
   4.2 Technical documents
   Greenland Sea and Icelandic waters doc-file
   Svalbard doc-file
   Barents Sea doc-file
   Norwegian Sea doc-file
   Faeroese waters doc-file
   North Sea doc-file
   Baltic Sea doc-file
   West of Britain, Ireland and Irish Sea doc-file
   Channel and Celtic Sea doc-file
   Bay of Biscay doc-file
   Portuguese and Spanish Atlantic coasts doc-file
   The Azores, Canaries, Madeira, Cape Verde Islands (Macaronesia) doc-file
   Western Mediterranean doc-file
   Eastern Mediterranean doc-file
   Black Sea doc-file
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