Establish pollution emergency plans
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Background information and definitions
Sudden acute pollution events, such as oil spills, can cause serious disturbances and harm to marine and freshwater mammals (Helm et al. 2014). Pollution emergency plans provide an overview of possible procedures, as well as details of which authorities to contact, should a pollution event occur. The aim of emergency plans is to increase the speed and effectiveness of the response to minimize harmful impacts (Li et al. 2016).
Helm R.C., Costa D.P., DeBruyn T.D., O'Shea T.J., Wells R.S. & Williams T.M. (2014) Overview of effects of oil spills on marine mammals. Pages 455–475 in: Fingas M. (ed.) Handbook of Oil Spill Science and Technology. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Li P., Cai Q., Lin W., Chen B. & Zhang B. (2016) Offshore oil spill response practices and emerging challenges. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 110, 6–27.