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Atention: Last update: 2003, December.

In these pages you can find useful links and information on the catastrophe caused by the Prestige tanker toxic oil slick in November 2002 that is affecting Galician, Cantabric and French coasts. Our aim is to provide technicians, researchers and volunteers with readily available information on the basic aspects of the disaster along with personal safety measures.

You are invited to submit any facts, images or useful information by clicking here

Thank you very much

Jaime Roset Álvarez
PhD in Biology
Universidad Complutense, Madrid


ADEGA, the Galician Association for Ecological Defence continues to organize voluntary cleaning works in Galician beaches. go 13-Mar-2003
New report. Economic effects of the Prestige oil slick. University of Santiago de Compostela. Department of Applied Economics. go 3-Mar-2003
Scientific intervention program relating the Prestige spill and sinking. Ministerio de Ciencia y Tecnología and other interesting reports (Spanish department for science and technology). go 3-Mar-2003
The Galician version of this site is already available, thanks to the efforts of TRADUCTORE SEN FRONTEIRAS  go 27-Feb-2003

Original photographs of the Nunca Mais demonstration in Madrid. Feb 23, 2003. go 24-Feb-2003

Pilar Picas, a Galician volunteer, has finally published the letters and drawings sent by many children who were not able to go and clean the oil and still wanted to show their solidarity with the Galician people. go 16-Feb-2003

New CSIC scientific reports. go 16-Feb-2003

Traductores sen Fronteiras. This NGO compiled and translated a number of documents in different languages and are now collaborating in the translation of this website into English and Galician. go 16-Feb-2003
IMPORTANT!: Are volunteers still needed? go 7-Feb-2003
In the forum there is a trip offer to Carnota from Madrid. A few seats are still available.
More Information provided by Research Centres. go 28-Jan-2003


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Access to analyses of the composition of the heavy fuel.


Index of websites where you can get information and cooperate.


Organizations and travel arrangements to help as a volunteer


All the information you need for an efficient work free of toxicological risks or accidents


Site for the exchange of ideas and the dissemination of comments, articles, proposals, demands, etc.


The best photo galleries on the catastrophe, videos, animation, sounds, etc.


Companies willing to disseminate their technology.


Accesto scientific, technical and general information reports. Here you can learn more about what is happening.


Proposals of fuel collection systems, management volunteers, clean-up tourism and all your ideas.


COMPOSITION of the spill of the Prestige oil tanker
- Draft technical report on the composition of the oil spill issued by the Department of Environmental Chemistry of the Institute of Environmental Sciences from the CSIC (Spain's Institute for Scientific Research). download

- Accidents. Prestige. CONNAISSANCE DU PRODUIT.

- Analysis of the Prestige fuel-oil. IFREMAR.

Toxicological and ecotoxicological aspects.

Send more analysis proposals here.


Situation, locations of the spills and contaminated areas.
Drift of the oil slick into the Bay of Biscay. Le Cedre (French)


Includes a register of the oil slick movement and forecasts by CEDRE.
Center for Quality Control of the Marine Environment. Galician Autonomous Government. (Xunta de Galicia)

CURRENT SITUATION SEE Sometime in December 2002 maps changed their initial model and are now issued by SASEMAR.

Current situation, predicted trajectories and links. This page is of special interest as it is daily updated. It is, however, advisable to compare preditions with those of other countries (i.e.: France).

Prestige oil slick: maps and tracking. (Galician and Spanish)
Objectives of this website:

1- To evaluate and disseminate information about the coastline affected during and after the oil slick.
2- To provide information to volunteers on the coordination centres around Galicia.
3- Other activities: underwater clean-up for divers.

Great initiative. They've mapped all the Galician coast affected and promote voluntary activities by offering information and contacts.


Tracking the drift of 4 new buoys.

Website of the Mediterranean Center for Maritime and Environmental Research (Spanish tracking buoys):

(Justification in CSIC's Report No. 7)

Buoys drift may not coincide exactly with the actual oil slick movement. However, buoys may provide an interesting research tool. Semi-real time

Portuguese Institute for Water Resources.

Oil slick situation and forecast of trajectories. They've been tracking some buoys, whose erratic movement has not always corresponded with the fuel-oil movement

Pollution follow-up and plans. French authorities.

Pétrolier Prestige : "Biscaye plan" (French)

Préfecture maritime de l'Atlantique (French)

Pollution follow-up, forecast and implementation of specific plans in view of the likelihood of oil reaching the French coast

Fishing and Oceanographic Technology Institute. AZTI Foundation. Oil slick tracking in the Bay of Biscay. Basque Country.

MOHID Water Modelling System

Prestige Oil Spill
Simulations Gallery (In English)

  • Evolution of Oil Slick Observed in 12-12 and 15-12 12-12 to 19-12
  • Evolution of Oil Slick Observed in 29-11 29-11 to 14-12
  • Continuous Emission at different depths 19-11 to 10-12
  • Initial Spill (Before Ship Breaking) Simulation Date
  • Continuous Emission 13-11 to 6-12
  • Comparison of Observed Oil Slick Evolution with Mohid Simulations
  • Comparison of ESA's Envisat Satellite image with Mohid Simulation

Interesting simulations and reconstructions on the drifting oil slicks. Available only until 19 December 2002

Institutions and Research Centers.
AZTI, Fishing and Oceanographic Technology Institute.

The AZTI website has been expanded to include as much information as possible on the Prestige disaster and its consequences for the Bay of Biscay


Tracking of drifting spills, prediction of trajectories, technical support for the fisheries sector in their struggle against contamination, design of new fishing gear for fuel collection, chemical analysis of fuel-oil, etc

Spanish Institute for Oceanography

Access to their activities concerning the catastrophe. They issue scientific reports of special interest

Center for Quality Control of the Marine Environment.

Information on the Prestige oil slick. Current situation, prediction of trajectories and links. This page is of great interest as it is daily updated. You can also find information on the state of beaches and on volunteers working there.

Xunta de Galicia. Measures adopted by the Galician Government. Institutional information and assistance for those affected. Their section "previous information" is worth a look.
Ministère de l'écologie et du développement durable (en francés) Information on the shipwreck near off the coasts of the Iberian Peninsula. Informaton by the French Ministry for the Environment.
Institute for Marine Research IIM-CSIC. (Vigo) Information on the Prestige oil slick. IIM-CSIC activities.
Websites and on-line newspapers.
The Prestige Disaster.

La Voz de Galicia (regional daily newspaper) One of the best monographic reports on the event. Including a PDF section, pictures, graphs, contacts, link and much more information
New special: Disaster on the Galician coasts. El Correo Gallego (regional daily newspaper)

Extensive information and photo gallery.

News special: Solidarity with Galicia. How to fight the oil slick. El País. (National daily newspaper)

Information for volunteers and people willing to help. Interviews, images, animation, webcam

Cadena SER (Radio Channel) Presige news special.

Includes a wide collection of images and sound archives.
University of Vigo.

This site tries to gather truthful, rigorous and objective information on the Prestige oil slick and its effects on the environment


University of Oviedo Página institucional de la Universidad de Oviedo. Buen contenido. Incluye informes interesantes. Especialmente dedicada a la costa Cantábrica.
The Prestige Catastrophe.

ADEGA (Galician Association for Wildlife Conservation). Diverse and rigorous information. (Galician).

A Coruña Aquarium
Articles and images on endangered animal and plant species. Satellite images
Prestige's Black Shadow Special section of Galicia Hoxe (Galicia Today), daily regional newspaper. Includes stories and images obtained through different information sources. (Galician).

Nunca Máis Special. Ría de Vigo

Ría de Vigo.
Initiative of Vigo´s Local Authorities - Volunteers - Clean-up - Help - Birds - Map - News - Links - Thanks - Library
Comprehensive information on the catastrophe, provided by the Local Authorities of Vigo.

Ministerio de Fomento (Ministry for Developement) Press Office.

Ministerio de la Presidencia (President's Office and Ministry) Press Office.

Official information and news on the Prestige case
Information from the Spanish Ministry of Environment

Access to statistical data on decontamination in the area, many updated photos of affected beaches.

State of the coastline: sand and oil collected. Information provided here has improved considerably over the past few days

Useful information and access to documents.

Le Cedre

Centre for Documentation and Research on Accidental Water Pollution  (Mainly in French with some papers in Spanish)

It includes relevant documents in French and Spanish. Undoubtedly one of the best reference pages

Oil Slicks.
Marine Resoures Technology Center (CETMAR Foundation)

Superb 41-page monography on HTML format including numerous images and graphs. Review of previous shipwrecks, clean-up systems, experiences in other countries, effects of hydrocarbons on human heath, conventions, legislation, etc. Highly advisable.

Author: Gonzalo Borrás Carnero.

Web site adaptation: Javier A. Osuna.

- Prestige Special Page. IFREMER. France´s Research Institute for the Explotation of Marine Reources (in Spanish)

From the earliest stages Ifremer was kept informed by institutions in charge of national action (PREMAR Brest, CEDRE). It is prepared to perform long-term tasks, such as wildlife surveillance, environmental quality assessment and pollution follow-up and impacts.

Contents: Nautile - Fuel analysis - Fuel density - Questions about the fuel - Hydrodynamic context - Initial state - Bilan OSPAR - New Polmar Plan.

Spills Technology Databases. Environmental Technology Center (CANADÁ) (en inglés)

Comprehensive website accessing databases on various types of hydrocarbons. Chemical and toxicological properties, including those of solvents and cleaning products. (In English).

It also includes a database with basic data of oil spills between 1974-1997


Links to More Information about Oil and Oil Spills. (in English)

In: Louisiana Applied and Educational Oil Spill Research and Development Program

More than 140 links to websites, mostly American, dealing with other catastrophes such as the Exxon Valdez

LA MAREE NOIRE du Prestige (en Francés) Fairly interesting. Numerous pedagogical documents. Information on the Erika

Oil: origin and extration.


General information


Links on chemistry and the environment 

Excellent website, with a very good article on hydrocarbons and the health risks they involve.

Material Safety Data Sheet, MSDS 

(See section recommendations)
3M Guide for breath protection de Seleccion 2001.PDF

General catalogue on breath protection systems. Brand: 3M

Reports on Greenpeace website 

-Effects of oil on the environment
- Effects of oil on health
- Corporation liability of oil companies
- Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs)
- Oil Kills
- Oil Kills (in Galician)
- Results of analysis made by the Chemical and Environmental Research Institute (Barcelona), part of CSIC
- A sinking energy model
- Greenpeace Statement and collection of signatures in support of the Galician scientific community.
- Collection of signatures: NO MORE PRESTIGES
- PRESTIGE: The story of a black tide

Most of them highly advisable. PDF format. You can follow the links on top of the page and find more information.
Oil Slick in Galicia. MARINET. Discussion forum on Marine Research and the Environment

Access to documents:

Access to free exchange area (files, pictures, websites).

Remarks and scientific discussions on the Prestige shipwreck. Including a RedIris distribution list.

Meteorological interpretation through the Amateur Meteorology Magazine (RAM) - RAM's front page
- RAM's documentaries
- Oil Spills Prediction Models: tracking the initial Prestige oil slicks
- Envisat ASAR sensors reveal the length of the Prestige oil slicks
- Prestige black tide clinging to the Galician coasts: RADARSAT and IKONOS images.
Revista del Aficionado a la Meteorología (RAM) echoes the disaster by publishing a number of articles on the topic.

TsF Prestige
Traductor@s sen Fronteiras.

From the Faculty of Filology and Translation of the University of Vigo, a cost-free translation and interpretation service is offered to help groups severely affected by the catastrophe. Reference, informative and specialized texts (technical, scientific and legal) as well as documents dealing with social issues.

A number of general information texts and technical and scientific reports already translated. Freely available.

Social movement and protest sites.

For Galicia´s society, the Prestige catastrophe has become a turning point. Through the following websites you can have access to news and non-institutional information on the incident. Information on the cooperation and solidarity movements in the aftermath of the environmental disaster is also available. These organisations are cooperating in improving the current situation and will help prevent this kind of tragedies in the future. It is also recommended to visit the opinion and complaint fora

Plataforma ¡Nunca Mais! One of the most active protest organisations

Chapapote por Nos.

Mariano Grueiro

Contains images, sound (MP3) and digital video files of the demonstration in Santiago on 1 December 2002. With Free Art Licence Access to fora, multimedia resources and several links.


Marea Negra.

Site with information on oil spills, how to help, the Prestige disaster and forums.


La Pennia Pobre 
Interesting site with remarkable Power Point Presentations showing visual information. Also latest news.
Prestige Nunca mais

Non-institutional page with contacts, images and some recommedations for volunteers. No relationship with Plataforma Nunca Mais

Plataforma anti vía rápida de Morrazo

Site of the organisation against the construction of a carriageway in the coastal area of O Morrazo. Links. Information on the environment and protest actions in the firth of Vigo.

Access to laws and regulations.

Regulations on the Prestige in the Spanish Oficcial Gazette (BOE).

Compiled by Leonor Alonso

Current regulations (web of the Spanish Center for Quality Control of the Marine Environment)

Environmental groups and other organisations.

Sociedad Española de Ornitología (SEO)

The Spanish Ornithology Society. A volunteer organisation collecting animals and helping clean the coast. Information on fuelled birds and action protocols.

Greenpece España

Updated information on the incident. Environmentalist actions, technical reports and contact information to help volunteers.

ADENA News, volunteers and environmentalist actions. Download handbooks on how to operate.
Ecologistas en Acción Pages with information and documents. Interesting PDF leaflet on the extinction of guillemots and the causes of the Erika sinking. Information on the main wildlife shelters affected.
Unclassified links (Miscellaneous) go

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ADEGA. The Galician Association for Ecological Defence continues to organize voluntary cleaning works in Galician beaches. They have carried out some tests and found areas with several fuel layers of more than 20cm. Telephone Number for Volunteers: 680 420 807. 13 March 2003 


Volunteer support is and will be needed in many areas. However, if institutions are unable to arrange your participation, one alternative would be to prepare yourself autonomously, trying not to be a heavy burden for the local population. That is what we call "full-fledged volunteers". We should not forget that the main beneficiaries of our help are those who make their living out of the sea, fishermen and seafood and mussel collectors among others. For this reason, my suggestion is that you organise an independet trip and contact the Cofradías or Fishermen Associations (though some of them do not understand the need of volunteers). All offers or suggestions can be submitted to the forum. IMPORTANT WARNING TO AVOID DISAPPOINTED VOLUNTEERS. As the clean-up operations develop, more specialized volunteers are needed for the more inaccessible areas ( The "average" volunteer will often have to get used to the idea of a not-so-heroic action. However, this is equally necessary, involving the collection of the small patches of fuel left by tidal surges in sandy and rocky areas. Large-scale concentrations of fuel can still appear overnight, in an unexpected fashion. The clean-up mechanism may not, therefore, be readily available.If you are a member of a Cofradía or you are already organising on-the-ground volunteer action, you may contact me ( and we can publish your initiatives. There are many people who are willing to help but find it difficult to know how.

New. A management volunteer (Pilar Picas) requests volunteer help in specific regions and the long-term cooperation of specialized volunteers ("permanent volunteers") Read her letter.

All the information you need to help safely. GO

COFRADÍAS IN A CORUÑA (the list has been provided by Prestige-Nunca Mais

Aguiño-Carreira Telephone No. 981 840151
A Coruña Telephone No. 981 297852
Ares Telephone No. 981 468017
Barallobre Telephone No. 981 360028
Cabo de Cruz Telephone No. 981 845199
Caión Telephone No. 981 504005
Camariñas Telephone No. 981 737219
Camelle Telephone No. 981 710106
Fisterra Telephone No. 981 740079
Laxe Telephone No. 981 728100
Lorbé Telephone No. 981 628056
Lira-Carnota Telephone No. 981 761252
Malpica Telephone No. 981 720011
Muros Telephone No. 981 826143
Ferrol Telephone No. 981 355599
Espasante Telephone No. 981 408377
Corme Telephone No. 981 738043
Corcubión Telephone No. 981 746951

Full list of Cofradías

You can also contact the area coordinators:
Cabo Prior-Ares. Juan Ignacio Díaz da Silva 981352820.
A Coruña-Malpica. Amadeo Pombo 696416487.
Malpica-Camelle. Manolo Soto T.609229443.
Camelle-Muxía. Rafael Lema 654040655 e 981730036.
Muxía-Cabo da Nasa. Martiño Nercellas 606754515.
Cabo da Nasa-Muros. María García 679828242.
Finisterre- José Antonio 659814588

E-mail and telephone details of the town councils:


Before getting involved in a volunteer trip, please read carefully our section recommendations and warnings for volunteers
Organisation of volunteer trips. Universities, institutions and other groups.

Volunteer list of Santurtzi

The Santurzi council has made a list of volunteers willing to help in the clean-up of both the Galician and the Bay of Biscay coasts if needed. A trip to Galicia is now being planned.

More information available on the website or telephone number 944205800, ext. 765.

University of Santiago de Compostela.

(See volunteers section to enrol). Even non-members may be accepted. Daily trips.

Consejo de Alumnos (Students' Association) University of Alicante and the Oficina Verde (Green Office)

Volunteer programme designed to help in the cleaning and support work in areas affected by the oil spill.CONTACT TELEPHONE NUMBERS: 965-903-675 ---- 965-909-565E-MAIL:

Official telephone number for coordinating volunteers in Galicia: 900 400 800 information on this number

other official telephone numbers:
900 444 555
900 300 500
Castilla & León
900 120 121
Castilla-La Mancha
925 26 53 04
The Basque Country
943 320333 - 609916768
Comunidad Valenciana
901 111 666

Other telephone numbers:

Phone numbers of Prestige Nunca Máis (cofradías and more):

other associations, environmentalist groups, recovery centres, institutions, etc.

Contact details in

Send your link proposals here tus enlaces (please, add a brief comment).


Please read the whole section and all the documents before preparing your voluntary trip to Galicia!:
Miscellaneous information, organisation, personal safety during fuel clean-up and systems fr the maximization of tar collection. enter
New work and decontamination protocols: Le Cedre. Lucha en tierra. (complete in French: (some of them are also in Spanish:
Volunteer's Handbook. Agmat (in Spanish. 252 Kb pdf, 8 pages) download
It is advisable to check the toxicological issues in the scientific reports section

Recommendations from the Galician Health Department to volunteers collecting oil. (in Galician. 77,4 Kb pdf)  download webpage: Interesting information and news.

Alcobendas Volunteer Collaboration Service Paper: HOW TO HELP FIGHT THE OIL SLICK IN GALICIA HERE

Documents on safety and decontamination Le Cedre. (In Spanish and French)

Greenpeace document on safe oil collection (revised) Access

ADENA handbooks for volunteers (PDF format, with an interesting section on veterinary information))

Send your link proposals here.


Opinion Fora.

Join OUR FORUM*!. The Prestige Tanker Spill. Volunteers and information. Designed as an instrument of communication for volunteers and people willing to share their information and/or experience. What is an opinion forum? How does it work? *(sponsored by Melodysoft)

A contrafío. Very interesting editorials (in Galician) On-line feedback accepted.
Perhaps the most active forum (in Galician) Very interesting. Worth some time.
Forum of the Solidarity Channel. Very active from the start
Debate forum of radion channel Cadena SER
Chapapote por nos (created on December 30) Houses several fora.
La polémica (Controversy). El Correo Gallego. (Brief Comments). Urgent Help!!! Forum of the Galician web search engine. Mainly in Galician
Terra.  Interesting debate with well-informed participants.
GOB Nunca Mais. Solidarity with Galicia.

Distribution lists.

In the following distribution lists you can find information on the Prestige spills. Before submitting your question it is advisable to check the message archive.

MAREA NEGRA Instructions to register here  

MARINET. (REDiris) Research Forum on Marien Resources and Environment.
Access to files (registration needed)

Multidisciplinary forum on toxicology
Environmental policies
Water policies
RESIDUOS (Waste). (ICTnet)
Environmental Management

Send your link proposals here


We would like you to cooperate with this section. If you want to have your images published, send them to Please indicate if they should be freely accessible. Thanks.
Images of O Grove, Aguiño and Lira on 15-17 December. Jaime Roset see
Galicia, the black coast. Nando Peretti foundation. An emerging small window opens. Small images, but very interesting. Most of them, including some of the sinking, never published before.
La Voz de Galicia Image Galery recommended!
Photographs from "El Correo Gallego"
Video "Aguiño, outliving the Prestige" (MPG 48 Mb)
Provided by Continental Productions. Highly recommended!!!

Interactive graphics on the Prestige from the newspaper "El Mundo"


Ecologistas en acción.


-Envisat’s ASAR reveals extent of massive oil spill off Spanish coast 
-Recopilación de AURENSA.
-Earth observation. More spill satellite pictures.
-Image of the beaches in the Costa da Morte, on November 21. NASA

Le Cedre: Centre de Documentation de Recherche et d'expérimentations sur les pollutions accidentelles des Eaux 

The Galician Department for Environmental Issues. Wildlife recovery. 

Galery of

Photographs of Chapapote nunca mais

Send new image galeries here


No more companies with the technology willing to be listed in this directory? Weird… isn´t it?
In this section we will publish the details of companies offering useful infrastructure or equipment
Company Contact person Telephone No. Fax No. Equipment

Vertex Technics, S.L.

Ana Gómez Valladolid 91 3 24 00 14 91 313 47 53 Absorbents and floating barriers more information

Send your link proposals here.


See also the list of links. Useful information and access to the documents
Scientific reports

Toxicological and ecotoxicological aspects

If you wish to make any comment or contribution, please contact Jaime Roset directly or submit it to the Forum.


Spain´s Institute of Oceanography (IEO), is the only state-wide organisation devoted to marine research, it has a broad experience in the scientific monitoring of accidental spills of toxic substances at sea. Before the Prestige case, IEO participated in studies to assess the effects of the Polycommander (1970), Monte Urquiola (1976), Casón (1987) and Aegean Sea (1992) spills, all of them off the Galician coasts.

CSIC REPORTS (Spain´s Institute for Scientific Research). Scientific program coordinated by CSIC to monitor and assess the consequences of the Prestige oil spill (in Spanish)

Report 01 Caracterización del vertido y evolución preliminar en el medio. Characteristics of the Spill and preliminary evolution in the environment
Report 02 Presencia de metales pesados en la zona de hundimiento del petrolero Prestige y composición de metales y complejantes del fuel emulsionado de la costa. Presence of heavy metals in the area of the Prestige wreck and composition of the emulsified oil washing ashore.
Report 03 Datos de oxígeno e hidrográficos en las proximidades del Prestige. Hydrographical and oxigenation data of the area around the Prestige
Report 04 Report sobre la sismicidad de la zona del SW de Galicia. Report on the seismic features of South West Galicia
Report 05 Escenario oceanográfico en la zona de hundimiento del “Prestige”. Oceanographic scenario of the shipwreck area
Report 06 Búsqueda bibliográfica sobre “Vertidos de petróleo” en la base de datos internacional Science Citation Index (SCI) -- Base DE DATOS en Access. Bibliographical search on "Oil Spills" in the international database Science Citation Index (SCI) . Microsoft Access Database
Report 07 Seguimiento de boyas a la deriva en la zona del vertido del buque Prestige. Evolution of buoys released in the shipwreck area
Report 08 Acumulación de fuel en el frente costero de las ‘Rías Baixas’. Oil accummulation near the Rías Baixas.
Report 09 Bio-remediación: aproximaciones biológicas para acelerar la regeneración de las zonas contaminadas por el derrame de crudo del Prestige en las costas de Galicia. Bioremediation: biological approaches to accelerate the regeneration of areas contaminated by the Prestige oil slick off the Galician coasts.
Report 10 Contenido de componentes volátiles en el fuel-oil vertido por el Prestige. Volatile components contained in the oil spilled by the Prestige tanker
Report 11 Comentario sobre la toxicidad de los residuos de pretroleo del Prestige. Comment on the toxicity of the Prestige oil spill
Report 12 Investigacion en oceanografia operacional en el csic: prediccion de las trayectorias de las manchas de crudo del buque prestige
Report 13 Caracterización de la fracción soluble en agua del fuel-oil vertido por el prestige.
Report 14 Red de vigilancia de nuevas manchas de fuel en el litoral.
  • Reports by the Scientific Advisory Commitee.

    Spain´s Institute for Scientific Research (CSIC), is the scientific institution commissioned by Spanin´s government to investigate the Prestige sinking. All the information provided by the mini-submarine Nautile should be reflected in CSIC reports. These pages are now being constantly updated. The first report was published on 10 December, nearly a month after the catastrophe.

REPORTS by the IIM-CSIC (Institute for Marien Reseach-CSIC) (Some of them are the basis of reports publised by CSIC, so part of the information may be redundant. ) go



Effect on fishing grounds:

Effects on turtles and sea mammals, by Alfredo López and Josep M. Alonso Farré (CEMMA y Sociedad Española de Cetáceos, the Spanish Society for the Study of Cetaceans). (see below)


  • Informe preliminar del impacto del vertido del petrolero "Prestige" en tortugas y mamíferos marinos en las costas gallegas" · (Preliminary report on the impact of the Prestige oil spill on turtles and sea mammals in the Galician coast) by Josep Mª Alonso Farré and Alfredo López Fernández. Coordinadora para o Estudio dos Mamíferos Mariños, CEMMA (Organisation for the Study of Sea Mammals). Sociedad Española de Cetáceos, SEC (Spanish Society for the Study of Cetaceans). (PDF 24 pages) (316 Kb)
Scientific papers (plain text)

Heavy fuel oils. Prepared by CONCAWE’s Petroleum Products and Health Management Groups. Brussels 1998. ABSTRACT: The dossier summarizes the physical and chemical properties and toxicological, health, safety and environmental information on heavy fuel oils. KEYWORDS: Fuel oil, heavy fuel oil, toxicology, health, environment, review. Download (PDF, 175 Kb), 53 pages.

Pulsar para descarga (192 Kb)

Paper on the toxicological risk assessment of volunteers, clean-up workers and tourists after the Erika spill off the French coast in 1999. Compressed PDF (.zip, 192 Kb).

Papers with accessible technical and scientific information.
Effects of hydroarbons on human health. Gonzalo Borrás Carnero (Spanish) (English) by Silvia González González 19/12/02,

Basic description of chemical components of hydrocarbons, routes for human exposition and effects on the environment. [HTML] 4 pages
La Lettre du Cedre NAUFRAGE DU PETROLIER PRESTIGE. Implication du Cedre. (in French)


PDF File(222 Kb.) download

Summary of the information on the accident and the activity of Le Cedre up to the present days.
Oil slicks. Scientific Museus in A Coruña

(2,5 Mb PDF) Full colour. Basic information on the consequences of the spill.

Other documents.
Economic consequences of the oil spill caused by the Prestige. Maria do Carme Garcia Negro. Xoán Ramón Doldán Garcia (Joint Heads of the Fisheries and Natural Resources Economics Research Team) University of Santiago de Compostela

Versión en castellano [PDF, 132 Kb] descargar
Versión en galego [PDF, 125 Kb] descargar
English version [PDF, 122 Kb] download

Report prepared by the same authors responsible for the reports issued on the Aegean Sea oil spill in 1992. Highly interesting document

Scientific intervention program relating the Prestige spill and hundimiento. Ministerio de Ciencia y Tecnología (MCyT). (Spanish department of science and technology)[February 8th, 2003. 81 pp, ZIP, 188 Kb.] Coordinated by CSIC

Download document.

Interdisciplinary Expert Committee belonging to the PIC of the Spanish MCyT. Change proposed by ELJ (Draft 13/01/03) download


The document establishes priority reseach lines after the catastrophe. It has been developed from a scientific perspective, as a project aimed to provide those responsible for handling the catastrophe with the necessary knowlegde to address the problems caused by the Prestige oil spill, both in the present time and in the middle and long term.


It is the justification of the need to handle the catastrophe from a scientific research standpoing.


Standpoint of the environmental movement on the Prestige catastrophe. Statement 2 months after the catastrophe..


Summarises the key points of the environmental situation and presents the official opinion of several environmental associations on management and scientific research in the area [HTML, 6 pages]

Signed by:

  • ADEGA. Association for the Environmental Defence of Galicia
  • Friends of the Earth
  • CEMMA. Organisation for the Study of Sea Mammals
  • Erva-Environmental Action
  • FEG. Galician Envionmental Federation
  • Greenpeace
  • SEO/Birdlife. (Sociedad Española de Ornitología)
  • SGEA. Galician Association for Environmental Education
  • SGHN. Galician Association on Natural History

The accident. SASEAMR: Spanish Sea Rescue and Safety Society.

This official document displays the trajectories followed by the Prestige tanker from the time of the accident -when it was being towed into the high seas- to the actual sinking. It served as the basis for a bitter discussion between Mariano Rajoy (Spain´s Deputy Prime Minister) and Jesús Caldera (an opposition leader). It was broadcast by radio station Cadena Ser Highly controversial

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This section includes projects, technology, cleaning systems, etc. Although some suggestions might seem peculiar, we think that no idea should be discarded. We will try to transmit these suggestions to those who might use them, even if it is in the future. Thank you very much.

Sugestions, ideas and proposals on technology.

Before putting forward any solutions or proposals, it is recommended to read the first text in this section, produced after Le Cedre received proposals.

Evaluación de las propuestas de particulares recibidas para luchar contra la contaminación causada por el "Prestige" (Assessment of citizen's proposals to fight the contamination caused by the Prestige PDF 136,3 Kb.) Le Cedre. Centre de Documentation de Recherche et d'expérimentations sur les pollutions accidentelles des Eaux

Controlar la salida de fuel. (How to control the leaking oil) "Tent" or "hose" system. Technical analysis of official proposals.

Dr. Oscar J. Arribas
Idea para la extracción del fuel del Prestige. (An idea for oil collection and other technologies) Ignasi March Pizà
Sistema de captación de fuel y otras tecnologías (A system for oil collection and other technologies) Benjamín Torres Vega
(Technical Engineer)
Cerrar las fuegas del Prestige. Use of magnets to seal the Prestige leaks. Angel Vicetto
Recogida de fuel. Oil collection. Includes diagrams Pedro Cotado through Francisco Torres
Trampa de Fuel. Oil trap - Coastline protection systems to prevent re-contamination. Manuel B.Acevedo Pérez (Lecturer on Environmental Sciences- Huelva)
Sistema de la recogida de fugas de fuel en la zona del hundimiento System designed to collect the oil leaking from the sunken vessel. (ZIP)Pedro B. Álvarez
Sistema de recogida de chapapote1. Oil collection system (ZIP) Juan Luis Fernández Hernández

Other ideas.


P.O. Box to receive support letters, pictures, etc.

It is necessary to be able to release tension, and writing and drawing helps, but it is also necessary to have somebody to post your ideas. Now you can send your letters and pictures to Apartado de correos 501, 36080 Pontevedra. You will then talk to the people of Galicia and to all those who suffer and work restlessly.


Pilar Picas.

See more ideas by Pilar Picas:

-Galicia Supporting Website.
- P.O. Box.
-Logistics for voluntary center
-Volunteer tourism

Sculptor Ulises Sarry proposes the erection of a monument to Volunteers. He offers himself free of the costs for the technical direction and the topographical work. Details for the proposal have beend dealth with in the forum Ulises Sarry.

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