Characterization Report of Vessel Activity in Cook Inlet for 2011-2020

The Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council (CIRCAC) contracted Nuka Research in producing a characterization report of vessel activity in Cook Inlet for 2011-2020. Using Automatic Identification System (AIS) data, this report identified the movements of various vessel types and sizes frequenting Cook Inlet, along with changes in vessel density and estimated oil exposure in … Read more

Coordination of Arctic Council’s Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program

On contract to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Nuka Research has coordinated the Arctic Council’s Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program. Working closely with the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) working group and experts from around the Arctic, we supported the Marine and Coastal coordinated monitoring efforts and the program overall. This included facilitating … Read more

Development of Geographic Response Strategies and Strategic Plan for BC Coastal Community during COVID-19

Nuka Research supported the Cowichan Tribes with early strategic planning as part of the Co-development of Community Response capacity effort underway in British Columbia. During the height of COVID lockdown, in early 2021, Nuka Research led virtual sessions with Cowichan Tribes staff and leadership to identify areas of concern in their territory, develop geographic response … Read more

Trans-Boundary Indigenous Oil Spill Risks and Eco-Cultural Resources Workshop

Nuka Research convened and facilitated a virtual workshop on behalf of the Makah Tribal Council and Office of Marine Affairs, with participation from Nuu-Chah-Nuulth Tribes, where Tribes and First Nations participated in two-day dialogue focused on enhancing the role of Indigenous governments in addressing shipping safety, oil spill risks, and eco-cultural resource protection in transboundary waters. … Read more

Seldovia Bay Ferry Dock Refurbishment

Nuka Research was contracted by the Seldovia Village Tribe to complete the environmental analysis in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act for the Seldovia Bay Ferry Dock Refurbishment project, funded by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) through the Tribal Transit Program. This project included close coordination with federal, state, and local government agencies. Nuka … Read more

Worst Case Discharge Analysis for Offshore Oil and Gas Development in Guyana

Nuka Research was contracted by a consortium of non-governmental organizations to develop and report on a series of offshore well blowout scenarios in Guyana. With support from DNV, we created a comprehensive report identifying potential oil spill trajectories and overlaying these analyses with important and sensitive ecological, cultural, and socio-economic receptors. 

Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council Regional Stakeholder Committee Web Resources

The Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council (PWSRCAC) contracted Nuka Research in developing an easy-to-navigate resource website that highlights the best information available for how a Regional Stakeholder Committee (RSC) might work and what a member of the RSC may need to be completely prepared in oil spill response emergencies. The RSC is a … Read more

Coastal First Nations Geographic Response Strategies Development

The Coastal First Nations 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 geographic response strategy was prepared with local knowledge on sensitivities, on-water operating environments, deployment considerations, navigational and safety … Read more

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

The Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council contracted 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 … 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