Contain or recover oil following spills
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Oil spills are an obvious threat in marine and aquatic environments because the oil spreads quickly through the water column and can contaminate beaches and other coastal habitats. There are a number of different methods that can be used in an attempt to contain or recover the spill including: open-water mechanical recovery using booms and skimmers, offshore dispersant application using chemical dispersants, off-shore in situ burning, manual and mechanical clean-up to collect and dispose of contaminated sand or soil, and bioremediation using nutrients, aeration or bacteria to speed up natural breakdown of the oil (Huff & Shigenaka 2003). Different methods vary in number of ways, including cost, efficiency, time taken, amount of oil recovered, as well as impact on wildlife (Dave & Ghaly 2011).
Dave D. & Ghaly A.E. (2011) Remediation technologies for marine oil spills: a critical review and comparative analysis. American Journal of Environmental Sciences, 7, 423–440.
Huff R.Z. & Shigenaka G. (2003) Response considerations for sea turtles. Pages 49–68 in: G. Shigenaka (eds.) Oil and Sea Turtles: Biology, Planning and Responses. NOAA Ocean Service, Seattle, Washington.
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This Action forms part of the Action Synopsis:Reptile Conservation
Reptile Conservation - Published 2021