West Coast Marine Mammal NRDA workshop

Tuesday, March 1 and Wednesday, March 2 (9:00 am - 3:00 pm PT)
2-day virtual event

NOAA's Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R) Assessment and Restoration Division (ARD) in partnership with the University of New Hampshire's Coastal Response Research Center is hosting this virtual event.


The workshop will provide the opportunity for NOAA line offices to develop a common understanding of the process, challenges, and possibilities for injury assessment for marine mammals along the West Coast (WA-CA) prior to the next oil spill. The workshop will begin with overview presentations by the NMFS Science Centers and Regional Office on their research capabilities, and by the Office of Response and Restoration and Office of Protected Resources on NOAA’s role in oil spill response and Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA). The second day of the workshop will discuss recent oil spills where marine mammal NRDA claims were considered or pursued, and follow-up discussions will build on past experience to address challenges and data gaps moving forward. Potential baseline information that might be available, species to address, methodologies, platforms for assessments, and overarching collaboration between the NOAA line offices will be identified. The workshop will identify priorities where further pre-spill planning and workplan development could assist in improving marine mammal injury assessments, particularly for time-sensitive data collection early in an oil spill response and NRDA.


Pre-workshop Presentations

Workshop Presentations


Steering Committee

  • Nancy Kinner, CRRC, UNH
  • Laurie Sullivan, NOAA ORR ARD
  • Troy Baker, NOAA ORR ARD
  • Lynne Barre, NOAA NMFS WCR PRD
  • Teri Rowles, NOAA NMFS
  • Susan Snyder, NOAA ORR ARD
  • Sarah Wilkin, NOAA NMFS, OPR, Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program

Questions? Please contact Kathy Mandsager