Alaska Marine Mammal NRDA Oil Spill Tabletop Exercise

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Alaska Marine Mammal NRDA Oil Spill Tabletop Exercise

Tuesday, April 6, 2021
A Virtual Event


The workshop will provide the opportunity for all NOAA offices to develop a common understanding of the process, hurdles, and possibilities for injury assessment for marine mammals in Alaska prior to the next oil spill. The workshop will use two Alaska-based spill scenarios as examples for participants to use as they develop approaches for NRDA exposure and injury assessments. Potential baseline information that might be available, species to address, platforms for assessments, and overarching collaboration between the potential NOAA offices will be identified. The workshop will document the process for the injury assessment in the form of inputs to specific work plan templates (which the planning team has developed for this workshop).


April 6, 14 and 22, 2021 (each day will be 3-hour virtual interactive session)

10 am -1 pm AKDT (2-5 pm EDT)

AGENDA: here>>



NRDA 101(~1/2 hour)

Marine Mammal Assessment Guidelines (~20 min)

Recent Marine Mammal Cases and Challenges (~15 min)



Scenario 1: Prince William Sound

Scenario 2: Mouth of Cook Inlet

Conceptual Model Template

Presentations for Session 1

Presentations for Session 2

Presentations for Session 3



15 CFR 990 - OPA NRD Regs

2019 NMFS CookInlet Kodiak Marine Mammal Disaster Response Guidelines

2019 CIKMMDRG_Appendices

Alaska 2020 Wildlife Protection Guidelines for oil spill response

NMFS-OPR-52 Pinniped and Cetacean Oil Spill Response Guidelines

NRDA Marine Mammal Guidelines

Water, water everywhere: envrionmental DNA can unlock population structure in elusive marine species, Parsons KM, et al, 2018, Royal Society Open Science.

Whales from Space: Counting Southern Right Whales by Satellite, Peter Fretwell et al, 2014, PLoS One 9(2).

Whales from space: Four mysticete species described using new VHR satellite imagery, Hannah Cubaynes et al, 2019, Marine Mammal Science 35(2):466-491.




Steering Committee:

Nancy Kinner, CRRC, UNH

Laurie Sullivan, NOAA OR&R ARD

Sarah Allan, NOAA OR&R ARD

Teri Rowles, NOAA NMFS

Susan Snyder, NOAA OR&R ARD

Sarah Wilkin, NOAA Fisheries, Office of Protected Resources, Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program

Sadie Wright, NOAA Fisheries, AKR Oil Spill Response


Questions? Please contact Kathy Mandsager