Sunday, December 21, 2014

Assessing the damage

What can you do when an oil spill occurs? One of the top in the list would be to access the damage
Bangladesh Cetacean Diversity Project team on the water
surveying for dolphins. 
to the wildlife. This is what our character Farhana has been helping to do since the day this tragedy occurred a little over a week ago (oil spill in the Sundarbans). Farhana, along with the team leaders and volunteers of the Bangladesh Cetacean Diversity Project (BCDP) (under the Wildlife Conservation Society) has been out on the water for almost a week now surveying the Sundarbans for dolphins, sampling the water for fish, collecting environmental data and attempting to measure the extent of the oiled vegetation.

The team works to sort and identify fish collected

Team members take a much deserved break for a meal. 

This work is hard, and most people on the boat manage only about 4-5 hours of sleep a night. Breaks only for meals. But the work they are dong is incredibly important. Everyone on board is aware of that and no one complains.Thanks to the foresight of this organization (and work in particular by Zahangir AlomBCDP Project Coordinator), a great deal of data pre-oil spill is available to compare to. So they will have information that will allow them to monitor any changes or effects to the ecosystem from this point forward.

Team leader Zahangir Alom discusses survey 
work with Farhana

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