The Shetland oiled wildlife plan was written by the Shetland Oil Terminal Environmental Advisory Group (SOTEAG) through its Wildlife Response Co-ordinating Committee (WRCC). In 1990, the plan became an integral part of both the Sullom Voe Harbour oil spill response plan and the contingency plan for the whole of Shetland.
The existence of the WRCC plan was crucial in mounting the response to the Braer incident in 1993. Each year the plan is reviewed by the WRCC. All the stakeholders, including independent scientists, local authorities, government agencies, the oil industry and NGOs are invited to attend.
The plan has served as a model in different parts of the world (for example, in Louisiana and Alaska) and is described in the IPIECA Guide to Oiled Wildlife Response Plan as an example of good practice.