Alaska SeaLife Center and International Bird Rescue Announce Partnership
January 20, 2022

The Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) and International Bird Rescue (IBR) finalized a mutual services agreement to train, prepare, and respond to wildlife impacted by oil spills together.

ASLC and IBR have a common mission of helping animals in need and after two years of strategizing have finalized an official partnership to strengthen oil spill response. “This union is critical because we will expand our response capabilities exponentially. We can do more for animals working together than working independently,” explains ASLC Chief Operating Officer, Chip Arnold.

The organizations boast a combined 70 plus years of knowledge in wildlife response. ASLC has over 20 years of experience rescuing and rehabilitating marine mammals throughout the state of Alaska. Additionally, ASLC created

mobile response conex units in 2016 to deploy in the event of a spill. These units provide the ability to bring a condensed version of the Center directly to affected zones. IBR has over 50 years of experience and expertise in managing wildlife programs in oil spills, predominantly caring for marine species of birds impacted by spills.

“As International Bird Rescue reflects on our half century of successful wildlife emergency response including the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill, we deeply appreciate that partnerships are and will always be key to successful projects. We are excited to be able to bring the resources and talents of both organizations to provide the best possible care for Alaskan wildlife in crisis,” said IBR Chief Executive Officer, JD Bergeron.

About ASLC: Opened in 1998, the Alaska SeaLife Center operates as a 501(c)(3), non-profit research institution and public aquarium in Seward, Alaska. The Center generates and shares scientific knowledge to promote understanding and stewardship of Alaska’s marine ecosystems. The ASLC is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. To learn more, visit

About IBR: Since 1971, International Bird Rescue has provided oiled wildlife collection, rehabilitation and documentation services on an assured basis for companies that transport or hold petroleum products. They research best practices at crisis response hospitals in California and Alaska and share them worldwide. To learn more, visit 

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