BENEFITING: OCEAN RESEARCH & CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION INC
ORCA is applying innovative, low cost monitoring to support the science-based efforts at tracking the oil and its impacts in order to insure the best use if resources to optimize response and recovery efforts. In order to track the oil and asses its impact on Florida’s east coast lagoons, estuaries and rivers, we must first establish scientifically defensible measurements of the water quality and sediment toxicity levels in the environment prior to exposure to the oil. ORCA is doing just that and employing the FAST and Sentinel programs- both of which include Microtox® analysis. Currently we are analyzing the baseline sediment toxicity measurements in samples collected from the 11 inlets on the East coast of Florida from Sebastian to Miami. ORCA’s next step includes deployment of oysters- which are filter feeders that bioaccumulate pollutants- outside selected inlets to act as sentinels for approaching oil. Your support will directly assist ORCA with the cost of collecting baseline sediment toxicity measurements.