Coastal First Nations Geographic Response Strategies Development

The CFN RFA contracted Nuka Research to develop a multi-year-long workflow for thirteen coastal Nations to broaden their marine response capacity. With collaboration from community members, 230 geographic response strategies have been created thus far. Each GRS was prepared with local knowledge on sensitivities, on-water operating environments, deployment considerations, navigational and safety hazards, etc., and … Read more

Alaska’s Oil Spill Response Planning Standard: History and Legislative Intent

The PWSRCAC funded Nuka Research to create a report that tells a compelling story of how regulators, politicians, oil industry executives, and international spill response experts came together to analyze the response capacity of the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill. This report looked closely at the history and legislative intent behind the actions taken following … Read more

Massachusetts Oil and Hazardous Materials Commodity Flow Study

This study was prepared for the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) to provide a comprehensive review of the transportation and storage of bulk oil and hazardous materials (OHM) throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This study analyzes transportation of materials across four modes: ship, truck, rail, and pipeline based on substance type and Department of … Read more

Modernizing Marine Liability Regimes to Address the Concerns and Priorities of Indigenous Communities

WWF- Canada contracted Nuka Research to consider how Canada’s ship-source oil spill liability regime addresses claims for the types of losses that Indigenous communities may experience. Nuka Research conducted an extensive literature review and also considered past claims against the Ship-source Oil Pollution Fund (SOPF).  The resulting report identifies opportunities to expand and enhance Canada’s … Read more

Marine Incident Preparedness and Response for BC First Nations

Nuka Research has supported a multi-year project to support the implementation of the Reconciliation Framework Agreement for Oceans Governance and Management on behalf of British Columbia First Nations.  We have provided technical support to First Nations from Haida Gwaii, the North Coast, the Central Coast, and North Vancouver Island to develop First Nations marine response … Read more

Inland Geographic Response Plan Development for the Housatonic and Naugatuck Rivers in Connecticut.

Nuka Research was contracted by the US EPA to work with Connecticut communities and stakeholders around the Housatonic and Naugatuck rivers to develop Geographic Response Plans with input through a workgroup process. This project included the development of 10 GRPS providing workgroup approved oil spill response tactics. These tactics can be used by first responders … Read more

Southeast Alaska Vessel Traffic Study

Nuka Research analyzed vessel activity in Southeast Alaska for the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. The study began with Automated Identification System (AIS) data for 2018, adding research and assumptions regarding vessel fuel capacities of both persistent and non-persistent fuels, as well as fuel barge transport of non-persistent fuel products. The study presents estimated movements … Read more

Adherence to Bering Strait Vessel Routing Measures in 2019

Due to the increasing ship traffic in the Arctic, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) adopted new voluntary routing measures, including recommended routes, precautionary areas, and areas to be avoided in the Bering Strait and Bering Sea Region. To understand the extent to which vessels adhered to these new IMO routing measures in 2019, Nuka Research was … Read more