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Interspill Oil Spill Response conference
Amsterdam March 2015

Louise Chilvers attended Interspill oil spill response conference in Amsterdam 24th to 26th March 2015.

Interspill is the second largest oil spill response conference in the world and brings together approximately 800 people from oil response organisations, equipment manufacturers and oil company representatives.

Louise represented the Wildbase Oil Response team; one of three oiled wildlife response organisations present at the conference; along with our global oiled wildlife network partners SeaAlarm and International Bird Rescue.  Louise presented two research talks at the conference.  

The first, to an open forum, was on the public perception and media coverage of the C/V Rena in New Zealand’s Herald newspaper from the day C/V Rena hit the reef to a year later.

The media analysis emphasised how important it is to have a good oiled wildlife response within an oil response to increase the positive response of media reports and therefore likely public perception.

The second talk, to a wildlife forum, was on the Massey University Wildbase and New Zealand National Oiled Wildlife Response Team integration into the Maritime New Zealand oil spill response strategy response structure.  Both talks were well received with many questions and much interest especially on the full integration of oiled wildlife response into an overall oil spill response.  

Following the conference, Louise Chilvers and Bill Dywer travelled on to Southampton to have meetings with Oil Spill Response Limited and Spill Consult, two oil spill response and training providers. 

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