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    Marine chemical spill response: UK guidelines now available

    News // November 22, 2011

    A set of new guidelines for tackling oil or chemical spills at sea has been published.

    The guidelines provide the principles upon which effective post-spill monitoring and impact assessment in UK waters will be based on and are supported by the 19 UK government partners involved in post-spill issues, including the Marine Management Organisation.

    The Post-spill Monitoring Guidelines are a key output from the Pollution Response in Emergencies: Marine Impact Assessment and Monitoring (Premiam) project that was initiated in 2009.

    The guidelines cover a wide range of issues including:
    • planning surveys
    • sampling practices (including handling and storage)
    • chemical analysis
    • ecotoxicology
    • ecological assessment.

    The Premiam project is developing processes whereby expertise, equipment and facilities necessary for effective monitoring of oil and/or chemical spills are identified and engaged. The project also provides a mechanism through which the UK's post-spill monitoring programme is co-ordinated and managed.

    The Premiam guidelines can be downloaded from the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) website. Visit the Cefas website for more information about the Premiam project or its guidelines or contact


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