The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are making available to the scientific community Gulf of Mexico physical samples collected during and after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
The natural resource trustee agencies collected thousands of samples to support the spill response and the Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA). NOAA is offering these samples to interested scientists now that the legal case is settled and the NRDA is complete.
Interested parties should send an email to NOAA (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than June 10, 2016 to inquire about and request samples.
The types of materials available from NOAA and USFWS storage include:
Samples are expected to be available in July, depending on the number of requests and whether specific samples have sufficient residual material to be of use. Information about the available samples, including the results of prior analyses, may be explored and downloaded through the Deepwater Horizon DIVER data platform (https://dwhdiver.orr.noaa.gov/). Recipients will be responsible for shipping costs and must comply with applicable permit requirements. Recipients will assume sole possession of samples, including responsibility for appropriate subsequent disposal of materials.