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The Shetland Oil Terminal Environmental Advisory Group
(SOTEAG) was formed in 1977 as a successor to the Sullom Voe Environmental
Advisory Group. SOTEAG waswestablished
to carry out wide-ranging environmental baseline surveys in order to prepare
an Environmental Impact Assessment for Sullom Voe Terminal.
To give SOTEAG scientific
integrity, it was given an independent Chairman and Secretary, based at the
University of Aberdeen, and its membership includes central government
departments and local interests. The late Professor George Dunnet of
Aberdeen University was Chairman of SOTEAG from its instigation until his
death in 1995, and the post has remained with the Zoology Dept. of the
University with the current chair, Professor William Mordue.
SOTEAG's work in Shetland
includes monitoring of breeding seabirds, measuring breeding productivity
and population levels, monitoring of wintering seabirds, ducks, grebes and
divers and co-ordinating the monthly Beached Bird Surveys, which are carried
out by SOTEAG staff and a team of volunteers. The monitoring breeding
seabirds is acknowledged as one one of the most thorough and comprehensive
in Europe. Much of this work has been carried out by Martin Heubeck, who has
been employed by SOTEAG in Shetland since 1977.
SOTEAG also oversees a Wildlife
Response Co-ordination Committee to co-ordinate the response of local and
national conservation and animal welfare organisations in the event of a
major oil spill, such as the
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