Fate and effects of oil and dispersed oil
on mangrove ecosystems in Australia

RECOMMENDATIONS

Based on these findings, we provide recommendations and guidelines for the improved protection, cleanup, and monitoring of oiled mangrove habitats around Australia, and elsewhere. We highlight the importance in assembling the most recent and best available knowledge.

The message now however, is that a strategy of cataloguing and revision needs to be maintained

The survey of spill sites was an instructive exercise but it suffered from the lack of an earlier standardised approach to assessing impacts and damage. And, there have been very few assessments of recovery. Limited access to old reports and the people involved has left gaps also. The message now however, is that a strategy of cataloguing and revision needs to be maintained, especially in response to future spill incidents.

We must find and refine strategies which work and discard those that don't The benefits from such an exercise are perhaps obvious, but all involve learning lessons, building on our collective experience and abilities, and in getting the best possible outcome for our vulnerable mangrove environments. It is for this reason that we must find and refine strategies which work and discard those that don't, in order to better protect threatened mangrove habitat, and to help with in their restoration should they be damaged and polluted by oil.
We summarise our recommendations to reduce the impact of oil on mangroves by placing our points within a logical sequence of the four key operational phases of an oil spill in coastal waters (see next section).

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April 7, 2010