On May 25-26, 2016, the Coastal Response Research Center (CRRC)1 and Disaster Response Center (DRC) co-sponsored a NOAA Regional Preparedness Training (NRPT) Workshop at the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary (FGBNMS). The workshop focused on preparedness, planning and improvement of response to a potential oil spill that threatened the FGBNMS. The workshop examined response options such as dispersant use and in-situ burning (ISB) while developing the framework for an Environmental Tradeoff Analysis (ETA) to evaluate response options. The workshop also provided the opportunity for the spill response community to build relationships, understand the role each group plays in a response, and create a common understanding of the issues at the regional level. Preceding the workshop, the CRRC and DRC conducted a one-day training on May 24, 2016 at the FGBNMS titled, “State-of Science of Dispersants and Dispersed Oil” which was open to all 43 workshop participants.


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Coastal Response Research Center (CRRC)

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Workshop Report