Mendocino Coast Audubon Program
Long Term Ecological Changes in the Gulf of Alaska
Dr. Robert Spies
Monday, November 19, 2007- 7:00 pm
7:00 pm at 1211 Del Mar Drive, Fort Bragg
In 1989, the Exxon Valdez oil spill contaminated about 1,500 miles of
Alaska's coastline. It killed birds, mammals, and fish, and disrupted the
ecosystem in the path of the oil. In 1991, Exxon agreed to pay the United
States and the State of Alaska $900 million over ten years to restore the
resources injured by the spill, and the reduced or lost services (human
uses) they provide. The Exxon Valdez Restoration Plan provides long-term
guidance for restoring the resources and services injured by the oil spill.
It contains policies for making restoration decisions and describes how
restoration activities will be implemented.
Dr. Robert Spies has served as Chief Science Advisor to governments on the
Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Restoration Program and will speak on the ecological
changes to Alaska following the historic oil spill. What have been the
longer term effects on the gulf of Alaska? What are the effects of
contaminants on a marine ecosystem? Dr. Spies is President of Applied
Marine Sciences in Livermore and has worked on issues of contamination of
marine ecosystems throughout California as well as in Alaska. As a member
of the the Science Panel for the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council, he
advises the Executive Director on how well the science embodied by research
proposals and monitoring efforts meets the mission and goals of the Council.
The Science Panel also participates in peer review of research proposals.
The program is open to the public and is free of charge. A small donation
to cover costs of presenting programs will be appreciated.
For further information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 937-4463
P.O. Box 332
Little River, CA 95456