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Wed 17 Oct 2012, 5:30pm–7:30pm

Where: FMG House, 68 The Square, Palmerston North

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free


Listed by: tcouchman

The Rena Oil Spill Emergency Wildlife Hospital

On October 5th 2011, the container vessel CV Rena went aground on the Astrolabe Reef off of Tauranga. Over 350 tonnes of heavy fuel oil was lost from the wreck and polluted the Bay of Plenty beaches significantly impacting on wildlife populations in the area. As part of the Oil Spill Response, the Massey University based National Oiled Wildlife Response team was deployed to attempt to address the impacts on seabirds and other wildlife. An emergency wildlife hospital was established at Tauranga that employed up to 150 people to care for over 400 penguins and 60 endangered New Zealand dotterels impacted by the spill. The absolute requirement for total accountability, the specialised needs of the wildlife affected and the rapid deployment of resources required created significant project management problems that will be discussed in this talk.

Helen McConnell is the Oiled Wildlife Response Technical Advisor for Wildbase, Massey University. Helen’s background is in Conservation Biology of marine mammals and she holds a MSc degree in Marine Biology from the University of Otago. She has been in her current role at Massey University for four years, and before that she was based at Head Office, Department of Conservation as Senior Technical Advisor Marine Mammals.

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