BP Gulf Oil Spill – Sea Turtle Rescue and Damage Assessment
During the spring and summer of 2010, BP’s Macondo Well spilled millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. With the tremendous need for expertise in locating and capturing marine wildlife, IRG was called on to play an integral role in rescuing oiled sea turtles.
Through these efforts, over 500 sea turtles affected by the spill were brought ashore for cleaning and rehabilitation. This cooperative effort involving several organizations and government conservation agencies resulted in almost 99% survival for the turtles fortunate enough to be rescued.
Following the containment of the oil spill, IRG continued work as part of the Natural Resource Damage Assessment to determine the full impact the spill had on sea turtles and their habitats in the Gulf.
Because of the expertise and information gained during rescue efforts, IRG scientists are in a unique position to shape restoration efforts in the Gulf of Mexico as well as future conservation work there.