June 2 BP Spill update

Response:

NOAA NOAA Fisheries Service revised the fishery closure effective 6:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, June 2. The closure now encompasses approximately 37 percent of the Gulf of Mexico exclusive economic zone. A 2,637 square mile area of the western-most boundary south of Louisiana was reopened today - oil was projected to be in this area, but was never actually observed there.

Marine mammals and turtles (effective June 1):

Sea Turtles

  • The total number of sea turtles verified from April 30 to June 1 within the designated spill area is 277. The on-water surveys by NOAA, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission and other partners working under the Unified Command captured 10 heavily oiled young turtles (8 Kemp's ridley, 1 loggerhead, 1 hawksbill) in areas 40 miles offshore on Tuesday, June 1. The turtles' behavior was abnormal, but they were responsive All the turtles were cleaned aboard the vessel, received initial veterinary care and were transported to Audubon Aquarium outside New Orleans where they are receiving further care. In addition, Louisiana Department of Fish and Wildlife captured 4 live and one dead Kemp's ridley turtle, all oiled, in waters off Grand Isle, La. A total of 24 live turtles and one dead turtle have been captured during on-water surveys. Surveys continue this week. Oil was found covering the 24 live sea turtles, the one dead sea turtle captured during a directed survey, two live stranded sea turtles caught in skimming operations and one dead stranded turtle. All others have not had visible evidence of external oil.Of the 277 turtles verified from April 30 to June 1, a total of 232 turtles stranded dead, 20 stranded alive. Three of those subsequently died and one of the live stranded turtles -caught in marine debris -- was disentangled and released. There are 40 turtles in rehabilitation. Turtle strandings during this time period have been higher in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama than in previous years for this same time period. This may be due in part to increased detection and reporting, but this does not fully account for the increase.

Dolphins

  • From April 30 to June 1, there have been 29 dead dolphins verified within the designated spill area. So far, one of the 29 dolphins had evidence of external oil. Because it was found on an oiled beach, we are unable at this time to determine whether the animal was covered in oil prior to its death or after its death. The other 28 dolphins have had no visible evidence of external oil. Since April 30, the stranding rate for dolphins in Louisiana has been higher than the historic numbers for the same time period in previous years. This may be due to increased detection and reporting and the lingering effects of the earlier observed spike in strandings.
*Strandings are defined as dead or debilitated animals that wash ashore

NOAA Facilities in the Gulf:

  • NOAA Fisheries Regional Office in St. Petersburg, F.
  • National Marine Sanctuaries: Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, Galveston, TX; Florida Keys National Marine Sancturary, Key West, FL
  • National Estuarine Research Reserves: Mission-Aransas Reserve, TX; Grand Bay, MS.; Weeks Bay, AL.; Rookery Bay, FL
  • Field offices of the Science Center in Galveston, Texas and Pascagoula, MS
  • Seafood Laboratory in Pascagoula
  • Science Center in Panama City, FL
  • Texas - 13 Weather Forecast Offices (WFOs) and the southern regional office in Fort Worth
  • Louisiana - 4 WFOs
  • Mississippi - 4 WFOs
  • Alabama - 4 WFOs
  • Florida (West Coast to Key West) - 4 WFOs (additional 3 WFOs in East coast FL and National Hurricane Center in Miami)
  • NMFS & NOS offices in Layfette, La.
  • NMFS regional office in Baton Rouge, La.
  • National Coastal Data Development Center, National Data Buoy Center - Stennis, MS

Miscellaneous:

  • Two NOAA communications personnel are detailed to the federal Joint Information Center in Robert, La.
  • One NOAA public affairs specialist is assigned to the NOAA Ship THOMAS JEFFERSON
  • Two NOAA Communications personnel are assisting Dr. Lubchenco while in the Gulf.

Important Contacts

    • For NOAA media inquiries, please contact Ben Sherman, John Ewald or Rachel Wilhelm or phone 301.713.3066.
    • To offer suggestions to clean, contain, recover or stop the flow of oil visit Deepwater Horizon Response Suggestions. This website also provides procedures and forms for Alternative Response Tool Evaluation System (ARTES) proposals.
    • For response-related inquiries, please phone the Joint Information Center (JIC) at 985.902.5231 or 985.902.5240.
    • To report oil on land, or for general community information, please phone 866.448.5816.
    • To report oiled or injured wildlife, please phone 866.557.1401.
To learn about volunteer opportunities in all areas and what training is required, please phone 866.448.5816.
  • To discuss spill related damage claims, please phone 800.440.0858.
  • BP is asking fishermen for their assistance in cleaning up the oil spill. BP is calling this the Vessel of Opportunities Program and through it, BP is looking to contract shrimp boats, oyster boats and other vessels for hire to deploy boom in the Gulf of Mexico. To learn more about the Vessel of Opportunity Program, fishermen should phone 281.366.5511.
 

More Information about this Incident

  • Incident News View the most up-to-date information on OR&R's IncidentNews site.
  • EPA: Federal Response to BP Spill in the Gulf of Mexico. This site tracks EPA's ongoing work in the area and help answer questions about the incident.
  • Deepwater Horizon Joint Information Center This site is providing information regarding the April 20 incident in the US Gulf of Mexico involving a Transocean drilling Rig Deep Water Horizon. The Horizon was engaged in drilling activity on behalf of BP at Mississippi Canyon Block 252, about 52 miles southeast of Venice, La. Leaves NOAA for a non-government site
  • Deepwater Horizon Response on Facebook This site is providing information regarding the April 20 incident in the US Gulf of Mexico involving a Transocean drilling Rig Deepwater Horizon. Leaves NOAA for a non-government site
  • Deepwater Horizon Response on Twitter This site is providing information regarding the April 20 incident in the US Gulf of Mexico involving a Transocean drilling Rig Deepwater Horizon. Leaves NOAA for a non-government site
  • National Weather Service Deepwater Horizon Page NWS page for daily and hourly forecasts, winds and currents.
  • Deepwater Horizon Trajectory Map Archive All the trajectory maps produced for the Deepwater Horizon incident response.

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