Texas State Aquarium Annual Report 2019

waste incidents through the HAZWOPER (Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response) Course increasing the number of staff certified in this critical training. HAZWOPPER training was put to good use this past November, when the Wildlife Rescue Center partnered with the Texas General Land Office and the Texas Parks &Wildlife Department to rescue five oiled brown pelicans found in the bilge of a shrimp boat. Rescue staff performed a medical evaluation on each pelican, undertook hours of soap baths to remove the oil on them, and provided the necessary time needed to recover at the Wildlife Rescue Center. We were elated when all five pelicans were able to be released near Corpus Christi Bay.

Rescued oiled pelican being cared for by Wildlife Rescue staff

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