Tuesday, 16th October 2007
Joint IG/ITOPF/NOAA workshop in Washington and signing of new IG/NOAA MoU
A joint workshop was organised in Washington with participation by representatives from the Group Pollution Subcommittee, ITOPF and NOAA (National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration) at which the issues of moving more quickly to natural resource damage restoration and the use of modelling in the natural resource damage assessment process were addressed. The workshop lasted two days and was also attended by the Department of Interior, the Coast Guard, states trustees and a number of US legal correspondents and consultants who have been involved in behalf of group clubs in US oil spill incidents. Following the workshop, a program for reviewing and improving protocols for data collection and analysis use in the modelling process is being developed. During the workshop the renewed Memorandum of Understanding between the Group and NOAA was signed (click for copy).