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New Techniques in Shoreline Assessment and Clean Up

Chonburi, Thailand — Participants from Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam were enlightened with the new techniques that they have learned during the recently conducted training workshop on Shoreline Assessment and Clean up. The training was aimed to enhance awareness and understanding of relevant personnel on the principles and process of assessing oiled shorelines, environmental effects of various clean up techniques, and principal shoreline methods and guidelines in planning and developing a shoreline clean up plan. Dr. Ruth Yender and Mr. Jordan Harris Stout from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), USA, served as resource persons for the workshop, which was organized by PEMSEA from 24 to 25 November 2010 in Sriracha, Chonburi, Thailand.

Case studies and experiences on shoreline clean up techniques from various oil spill incidents, including those from the Deep Horizon Incident in the Gulf of Mexico, were presented. Participants were also exposed to a field exercise to familiarize themselves with the Shoreline Clean Up and Assessment Team (SCAT) survey forms and shoreline assessment job aids. Participants also benefited from experience in sketching and documentation, which are essential elements in any clean up operation during an oil spill incident.

The Marine Department of Thailand and Chonburi Province provided support in the organization and conduct of the training workshop.