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Impacts of oil spills on marine ecology

November 2015

Revision 2016

This GPG provides an overview of how oil spills can impact on marine and estuarine shorelines and how quickly they can recover. The document describes the fate of oil on different shorelines and the characteristics that are relevant to impacts and recovery, together with the ecological impacts of oil on shorelines. It outlines current best practice in shoreline clean-up, and summarizes some of the fundamental approaches and requirements of impact assessment.

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