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09 May 2001 description

TECHNICAL CHRONOLOGY OF CDRS ACTIONS

Although several months have passed since the Jessica oil spill, follow-up work continues. Scientists from the Charles Darwin Research Station (CDRS), continue to monitor sites to discover which areas the fuel affected. Of the 650 sites throughout the Galapagos Islands that were selected for sampling, only the sites in Santa Cruz and Santa Fe remain to be checked. In the next two weeks five staff members of the area of Vertebrate Ecology and Monitoring will visit these sites in a motor launch and carefully search for any traces of fuel.

02 Mar 2001 description

TECHNICAL CHRONOLOGY OF CDRS ACTIONS

The area of Vertebrate Ecology and Monitoring, Charles Darwin Research Station, continues to take samples at sensitive sites along the Galapagos coastlines in order to establish the distribution and quantity of the fuel that has arrived on land. 650 sites throughout the Galapagos Islands south of Marchena Island were selected for sampling. Last week all of the selected sites on Floreana Island were covered. The team found that the bunker fuel has affected the northeast corner of Floreana. Several marine iguanas were oiled.

20 Feb 2001 description

TECHNICAL CHRONOLOGY OF CDRS ACTIONS

Latest Updates about Monitoring Efforts

Activities in San Cristobal

On Thursday February 15, personnel from the Charles Darwin Research Station (CDRS) in San Cristobal reported that more fuel had started leaking from the Jessica in the morning. The fuel was actually washing up onto the shore. Fortunately it was only a small amount 2,000 or 3,000 gallons, but it was an ominous reminder of what may have happened if the currents had been flowing in the other direction when the first spill occurred.

16 Feb 2001 description

TECHNICAL CHRONOLOGY OF CDRS ACTIONS

Update on the latest developments concerning "Jessica" in San Cristobal

Yesterday, February 15th, a small amount of fuel was reported to be leaking from "Jessica" once again. The tanker ran aground, off the coast of San Cristobal, a month ago.

05 Feb 2001 description

TECHNICAL CHRONOLOGY OF CDRS ACTIONS

The Galapagos National Park Service (GNPS) continues to coordinate the clean up, monitoring and wildlife rescue operations throughout the archipelago. The latest GNPS press release gives information on their activities.

The Charles Darwin Research Station (CDRS) has supported GNPS efforts, particularly through monitoring. Results of the various trips underway continue to come in and the impacts so far have been minimal.

On Friday February 2, the vessel Flamingo I returned to Santa Cruz.

02 Feb 2001 description

Por la Fundación Charles Darwin para las islas Galápagos

La nave "Jessica" encallada el pasado 16 de enero en la isla San Cristóbal, Galápagos permanece todavía firme en el banco de arena. Esta embarcación ha resistido los esfuerzos de ayuda de los expertos de la Armada ecuatoriana y del equipo de la Guardia Costera de los Estados Unidos, quienes ahora salen de las islas después de dos semanas de intenso trabajo. Estos expertos pudieron sacar una pequeña parte de la carga pero no lograron enderezar ni reflotar al tanquero.

02 Feb 2001 description

By the Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Islands

The grounded ship, "Jessica", is still firmly lodged on the sandbank by San Cristóbal Island in Galapagos, where she ran aground on 16th January. She has resisted the salvage efforts of the Ecuadorian Navy and of the team of U.S.

02 Feb 2001 description

Cronología técnica de las acciones de la ECCD

El Servicio Parque Nacional Galápagos (SPNG) contin=FAa coordinando las operaciones de limpieza, monitoreo y rescate de vida silvestre en todo el archipiélago. El ultimo boletín de prensa del SPNG ofrece información sobre sus actividades.

La Estación Científica Charles Darwin (ECCD) contin=FAa asistiendo al SPNG, particularmente con monitoreos.

01 Feb 2001 description

TECHNICAL CHRONOLOGY OF CDRS ACTIONS

The Galapagos National Park Service (GNPS) continues to coordinate the clean up, monitoring and wildlife rescue operations throughout the archipelago. The latest GNPS press release gives information on their activities.

30 Jan 2001 description

TECHNICAL CHRONOLOGY OF CDRS ACTIONS

The Galapagos National Park Service (GNPS) continues to coordinate the clean up, monitoring and wildlife rescue operations throughout the archipelago. The GNPS press release gives the latest information on their activities.

The Charles Darwin Research Station (CDRS) continues to support the GNPS efforts. Today a team of CDRS scientists left Santa Cruz in the tour boat "Flamingo" for a detailed inspection of the southern shore of Isabela over the next three days.

29 Jan 2001 description

TECHNICAL CHRONOLOGY OF CDRS ACTIONS

Isabela: Reports of slicks keep coming in. Today we received news of bunker fuel in the vicinity of Cartago Bay on eastern Isabela. The Ecuadorian Coast Guard vessel "17 de diciembre" left San Cristobal this morning for Isabela with equipment to make a barrier at the entrance of the Bay to prevent any more fuel entering. At 6:00 a.m., the Galapagos National Park Service (GNPS) and Charles Darwin Research Station (CDRS) personnel left Santa Cruz to help with clean up operations and placing the barrier in Cartago Bay.

28 Jan 2001 description

TECHNICAL CHRONOLOGY OF CDRS ACTIONS

The slicks that were reported yesterday, have now reached the islands of Isabela and Floreana. This morning a National Park motor launch took Charles Darwin Research Station (CDRS) and Galapagos National Park Service (GNPS) personnel, and international specialists in wildlife rescue and rehabilitation to Puerto Villamil, on Isabela. They have equipment with them to clean and treat any oiled wildlife if the need arises.

27 Jan 2001 description

TECHNICAL CHRONOLOGY OF CDRS ACTIONS

Santa Cruz: Yesterday a small commercial inter-island plane reported a possible slick of bunker fuel moving towards Floreana. This morning PNG and CDRS personnel gathered in the early hours at the Park dock to go to rescue any oiled wildlife. However when they arrived they received the welcome news that the threat to wildlife wasn't serious, so the trip was called off.

26 Jan 2001 description

TECHNICAL CHRONOLOGY OF CDRS ACTIONS

San Cristobal: Yesterday Charles Darwin Research Station (CDRS) personnel monitored the northern shoreline of San Cristobal looking for oiled wildlife. Today they will concentrate on the southwestern shoreline.

25 Jan 2001 description

TECHNICAL CHRONOLOGY OF CDRS ACTIONS

San Cristobal: Yesterday evening a combined team from the International Bird Rescue Research Center and the Seal Research and Rescue Center traveled to San Cristobal from Santa Cruz in a tourist boat that was generously offered for their use. The team will sleep on board the boat while they stay in San Cristobal. Today part of the team will monitor the northern coast of the island looking for oiled wildlife.

24 Jan 2001 description

TECHNICAL CHRONOLOGY OF CDRS ACTIONS

San Cristobal: Of the many oiled pelicans on the island only four heavily oiled juvenile pelicans have needed to be cleaned; they are still sick so they are being monitored. One gull with small patches of oil is being monitored, but does not need to be cleaned.

23 Jan 2001 description

(at dawn on Tuesday 23rd January)

By the Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Islands

With oil still leaking from the grounded ship and emergency mitigation work in progress, it will require several weeks of systematic surveys and research to assess the immediate impact of the spill.

22 Jan 2001 description

TECHNICAL CHRONOLOGY OF CDRS ACTIONS

One team of researchers is covering the coastline from Academy Bay to the Northeast side of Santa Cruz.

21 Jan 2001 description

TECHNICAL CHRONOLOGY OF CDRS ACTIONS

The rescue center on Santa Cruz was set up and equipped with cages to hold the affected birds, as well as all the equipment and medication necessary to treat them.