SpillCon 2013

World-News-Spillcon_jpg.jpeg In April 2013 three of the core members of the New Zealand Oiled Wildlife Response Team attended ‘Spillcon 2013’, an industry-based conference on oil spill response in Australasia.  The conference opened up huge networking and collaborative opportunities for the team.

Held in Cairns, Queensland, the Spillcon conference is an international gathering which provides a common forum for industry groups, government agencies and other key stakeholders to discuss oil spill prevention, preparedness, response techniques and environmental restoration.

Kerri Morgan (Wildbase), Helen McConnell (Wildbase) and Bill Dwyer (DWYERtech) shared a stand on the exhibition floor with AMOSC – the Australia Marine Oil Spill Company – who is the core provider of oil spill response for industry in Australia. Glowing reports of the wildlife response to the CV Rena grounding and its importance in the wider spill response were included in all three of the talks presented by New Zealand speakers from Maritime New Zealand and Fraser Consultants. This opened up the chance for Wildbase to share recent experiences from the CV Rena oil spill with the wider oil response community.

Wildbase already punches above its weight – and the conference meant the team were able to strengthen existing relationships with AMOSC and Sea Alarm Foundation, a global oiled wildlife response coordination group, opening up the potential for future collaboration in the Pacific region and internationally. 

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