Establish pollution emergency plans
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Sudden acute pollution events, for instance oil spills, can cause serious disturbances and harm to marine life (White et al. 2012). Pollution emergency plans provide an overview of possible procedures, as well as details of which authorities to contact, in case of a pollution event. The aim of emergency plans is to increase the speed and effectiveness of response, should a pollution event occur (Li et al. 2016; Qiao et al. 2002). Establishing emergency plans may benefit subtidal benthic invertebrates through a faster response and a more efficient control of the pollution, should such event occur.
Li P., Cai Q., Lin W., Chen B. & Zhang B. (2016) Offshore oil spill response practices and emerging challenges. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 110, 6–27.
Qiao B., Chu J.C., Zhao P., Yu Y. & Li Y. (2002) Marine oil spill contingency planning. Journal of Environmental Sciences, 14, 102–107.
White H.K., Hsing P.Y., Cho W., Shank T.M., Cordes E.E., Quattrini A.M., Nelson R.K., Camilli R., Demopoulos A.W., German C.R. & Brooks J.M. (2012) Impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on a deep-water coral community in the Gulf of Mexico. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 109, 20303–20308.
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This Action forms part of the Action Synopsis:Subtidal Benthic Invertebrate Conservation