West Coast Marine Mammal NRDA workshop

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West Coast Marine Mammal NRDA workshop

Tuesday, March 1, 2022 to Wednesday, March 2, 2022
A 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.


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

AGENDA here>>





Introduction, Nancy Kinner, CRRC

Welcome and Objectives - Laurie Sullivan, NOAA OR&R ARD and Teri Rowles, NMFS Protected Resources

Southwest Fisheries Science Center, David Weller

Alaska Fisheries Science Center, Peter Mahoney

Northwest Fisheries Science Center, Brad Hanson

West Coast Regional Office, Grace Ferrara

NOAA's Role in Response, John Tarpley

Introduction to NRDA and Restoration, Troy Baker

NMFS Protected Resources, Teri Rowles

Wildlife Response Activities, Michael Ziccardo, DVM and Sarah Wilkin

NRDA and Response Interactions, Troy Baker


Case Studies, Laurie Sullivan


NOAA Technical Memorandum NMFS-OPR-52

A review of climate change effects on marine mammals in United States waters: Past predictions, observed impacts, current research and conservation imperatives. by Gulland, Baker, Howe, LaBrecque, Leach, Moore, Reeves, Thomas. Climate Change ecology 3 (2022) 100054. https://doi.org/10.1016/j/ecochg.2022.100054

Low reproductive success rates of common bottlenose dolphins Tursiops truncatus in the northern Gulf of Mexico following the Deepwater Horizon disaster (2010-2015). by Kellar, Nicholas M., Todd R. Speakman, Cynthia R. Smith, Suzanne M. Lane, Brian C. Balmer, Marisa L. Trego, Krista N. Catelani et al. Endangered Species Research 33 (2017): 143-158. Trego, Marisa L., Eunha Hoh, Andrew Whitehead, Nicholas M. Kellar, Morgane Lauf, Dana O. Datuin, and Rebecca L. Lewison. "Contaminant exposure linked

Comprehensive screening links halogenated organic compounds with testosterone levels in male Delphinus delphis from the Southern California bight. by Trego, Marisa L., Eunha Hoh, Nicholas M. Kellar, Sara Meszaros, Michelle N. Robbins, Nathan G. Dodder, Andrew Whitehead, and Rebecca L. Lewison. Environmental Science & Technology 52, no. 5 (2018): 3101-3109.

NOAA OR&R Job Aids for UAS in response and platforms

USGS aerial photo transects


Nancy Kinner, CRRC, UNH

Laurie Sullivan, NOAA ORR ARD

Troy Baker, NOAA ORR ARD


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