Oil spill science for healthy island communities

In partnership with the Caribbean Regional Response Team and the University of Puerto Rico Sea Grant College Program, the Gulf Sea Grant Oil Spill Science Outreach Program offered two workshops for the Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands region. Members of our team shared lessons learned from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill of 2010, focusing on spill impacts relevant to island life, including science on coral, mangroves, beaches, sea turtles, birds, fish, fishermen, seafood, and tourism.  Partner organizations addressed planning, response, and community perspectives from past Caribbean spills. After presentations, team members facilitated discussions between stakeholder groups about oil spill preparedness for island communities.

Event organizers from Puerto Rico and Gulf of Mexico Sea Grant programs assemble in San Juan. Pictured left to right: Kurt Grove,  Steve Sempier, Monica Wilson, Chris Hale, Ruperto Chaparro, René F. Esteves Amador, and Cristina Olán

Presentation videos will be posted here after editing. Stay tuned!

Check out the flyer here and agenda here.

Thursday, August 10, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, 9 am-2 pm

Friday, August 11, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 9 am-3 pm

For more information about either meeting, contact Christine Hale, chris.hale@tamu.edu or 361-825-6215.

Top photos by Christine Hale and Dr. Nasseer Idrisi.