Media Releases 2013

Posted on 28/06/2013 by Phillip Island Nature Parks

Phillip Island Nature Parks last week conducted oiled wildlife response training to help prepare volunteers for oil spills that may affect local wildlife.

The participants learnt about the properties of oil and how to find, identify, capture, clean and rehabilitate oiled seabirds likely to be found around Phillip Island’s coastline.

Dr Roz Jessop, Phillip Island Nature Parks’ environment manager, said the workshop was a great opportunity for volunteers to get an overview of the procedures and best practices for responding to an oiled wildlife incident.

In May 2014 that Nature Parks will conduct a simulated field exercise that will focus on the implementation of the operational component of its oiled wildlife response, including the simulated activation of volunteer networks and testing the capabilities of the Nature Parks’ Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre.

Penguins are the most likely species to be oiled in southern Australia. In 15 spills in southern Australia, 95 per cent of birds affected were penguins.

The last oil spill to affect Phillip Island’s coastline was in 2001. The oil impacted the coastline between Kitty Miller Bay and The Nobbies.  453 penguins were oiled and 96 per cent were successfully rehabilitated thanks to timely collection, cleaning and care by Nature Parks’ staff and trained volunteers.

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