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Application of a framework to assess vulnerability of biological components to ship-source oil spills in the marine environment in the Pacific Region: Fs70-5/2017-057E-PDF

“This paper examines the effectiveness of a framework to assess the vulnerability of biological components to ship-source oil spills in the marine environment (hereafter termed the “framework”) developed by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) (Thornborough et al. 2017) through a pilot application in the Pacific region. This pilot application of the framework is intended to be relevant to all biota in the (on-shelf) Pacific region. The functionality of the components of the framework method was assessed in this pilot application, and modifications made were deemed necessary with the support of regional subject matter experts. The objectives of this pilot application were to: assess, and where necessary, adapt sub-groups (representing marine biota) so that they are appropriate to Pacific Region biota and structured so that their vulnerabilities to oil can be discerned by the scoring criteria (based on their biological and ecological traits); assess, and where necessary, adapt criteria and definitions through testing of the framework; and identify a list of sub-groups most vulnerable to a ship-source oil spill in the Pacific region by scoring adapted sub-groups for vulnerability criteria and applying a screening and ranking process"--Abstract, p. v.

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Title Application of a framework to assess vulnerability of biological components to ship-source oil spills in the marine environment in the Pacific Region
Series Title Canadian Science Advisory Secretariat (CSAS), research document,
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Language [English]
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Note Cover title. “August 2017.”
Date 2017.
Number of Pages ix, 143 p. :
Catalogue Number
  • Fs70-5/2017-057E-PDF
Subject Terms Oil spills, Aquatic ecosystems, Environmental management