Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA) is preparing for the possibility of being asked by state and federal agencies to assist with injured animals from the oil spill off the coast of Louisiana. With this disaster, when it comes to caring for marine life, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has oversight and are working with Florida Fish and Wildlife (FWC). Only facilities that are called upon by these agencies will be first responded facilities. CMA could be called on to help animals.
CMA has created an emergency fund to raise money for animals that need to be cared for, whether at CMA or other facilities. Click here to donate money.
The public needs to be aware of how dangerous oil in the environment is and not to pick up suspect oiled wildlife at any time. If members of the public believe they have encountered oiled wildlife, they are to call the oiled wildlife hotline that has been established. Phone number is 1-866-557-1401. Web site is www.deepwaterhorizonresponse.com.