Wildlife Response Co-ordinating Committee (WRCC)

In the event of an oil spill in Shetland, the Wildlife Response Co-ordinating Committee (WRCC) would respond with an appropriate strategy for dealing with wildlife casualties. The WRCC also involves all wildlife organisations in Shetland for additional assistance.

The WRCC oil spill plans are updated annually and have become a model for the European and global wildlife response. It was set up at SVOSAC’s request in 1988, and is an integral part of the SVOHOSP and the Shetland Islands Council Shetland Contingency Plan.

As a result, in 1991, SVA Ltd provided grant aid to the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA) to help build a bird cleaning and rehabilitation centre at Gott, in Shetland. The Hillswick Wildlife Sanctuary was also developed as a charity caring for marine mammals, mainly seal pups and otters.

SOTEAG was also one of the major contributors to the publication A Guide to Oiled Wildlife Response Planning, prepared by the EU Sea Alarm Foundation and published in 2004 by the International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association (IPIECA Report Series Volume 13) in Balbriggan, Ireland.