Unified Area Command Observer Program
The Unified Area Command, in cooperation with NOAA, has worked to establish an observer program to monitor, document, and, to the extent possible, recover marine wildlife that may be impacted during the on-water Deepwater Horizon MC252 oil clean-up operations.
This observer program was created as part of ongoing emergency Section 7 consultation under the Endangered Species Act, due to concerns of clean-up operations occurring in known habitat for sea turtles.
NOAA is continuing to build the observer program, in cooperation with the Unified Area Command, and will deploy more observers to monitor any additional surface burns as well as clean-up operations of the offshore and nearshore skimmer fleets.
To ensure transparency, the Unified Area Command is providing the first round of data from the observer program. NOAA is taking the lead in making these data available on the web. Data will be made available shortly after receipt, and additional data will be added as observers return to shore and are debriefed using the standard NOAA Fisheries protocol.
NOTE: These data provided have not been altered, but personally identifiable information has been redacted.
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