A major deliverable of the PREMIAM programme are the post-spill monitoring guidelines that will ensure best practice is followed for post spill monitoring and impact assessment.
The guidelines were published in November 2011 and are available to download (PDF, 6 MB).
The guidelines include content on the following:
Defining a monitoring programme
- When do we need to monitor?
- Why do we monitor?
- What do we monitor?
- Where do we monitor?
- How frequently do we monitor?
Implementing a monitoring programme: How do we monitor?
- Immediately, identify and access any pre-existing baseline data
- Immediately, collect samples and store to provide a baseline
- Survey Design
- Sampling strategies and methods
- Statistical considerations
- Chain of custody
- Transport and storage
- Sample preparation considerations
- Chemical analytical methods
- Ecological monitoring and methods
- Terrestrial martime vegetation
- Seagrass beds
- Intertidal sediments
- Rocky shores
- Subtidal sediments
- Subtidal rock
- Inshore water birds
- Wetland birds
- Ecotoxicology in post-spill monitoring
- Affected birds
- Quality control considerations
- Impacts on human health
- When to stop monitoring
- Compensation for oil spill damage
- The Environmental Damage Regulations
- List of projects established under SEEEC to study the impact of the Sea Empress oil spill and the recovery of affected areas
- Uptake and loss of PAH in shellfish following the Sea Empress oil spill in 1996
- Typical questions that may be asked at the start of an ecological damage assessment process for an oil or chemical incident
- Chemical fingerprinting
- A review of hydrocarbon-induced impacts on microbial communities
- Seabird carcase analysis - advice
- Assessing marine invertebrate communities