Printing of Alaska Spill Response Wildlife Aids

FY 2023 | 3 – Inform | 23-10-08

Printing of Alaska Spill Response Wildlife Aids

Bridget Crokus, US Fish and Wildlife Service
Contract Term: 06/01/23 - 11/30/23
Award: $

Many oil spills in Alaska happen in remote environments, or in communities without wildlife agency staff, but early wildlife observations are crucial to plan and implement a successful wildlife response. The three wildlife agencies in Alaska – Alaska Dept of Fish and Game (ADF&G), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) developed the Alaska Spill Response Wildlife ID Aid:  Take a “Wildlife Minute” and Record What You See. The laminated, spiral-bound, 4 x 6” Aid leads wildlife novices through basic identification of six groups of birds (e.g., long-winged seabirds, football-shaped seabirds) and seven groups of marine mammals. It includes spaces to note numbers and observations with a permanent marker and the Aid can be reused after cleaning with hand sanitizer or alcohol wipes.  

Though the Aid was created to be used by professional oil spill first responders (e.g., U.S. Coast Guard, US Environmental Protection Agency, Alaska Dept. of Environmental Conservations, industry, oil spill removal organizations, and vessels of opportunity), the Aid has proven popular with other groups, such as marine pilots, tour operators, university students, and spill response volunteers. We distribute free printed copies of the Aid throughout Alaska upon request, and an electronic 20-minute tutorial is available online.  

The original printing of the Aid (2000 copies in 2020) was funded by a grant from the Department of the Interior’s Inland Oil Spill Preparedness Program. We are seeking funding from OSRI to print an additional 1,500 to 2,000 copies of the Aid. Note that the exact number printed will depend on the vendor awarded the contract by the Government Printing Office. We will provide the same print specifications for this print run as we did for the original, as shown below: 

  • TRIM SIZE: 6 x 4-1/2" –Landscape. 
  • PAGES: 20 Pages, (self cover). 
  • DESCRIPTION: Twenty pages, (10 leaves). Booklet prints type, halftones, line art, partial solids with reverse-outs and full color photos, all in 4-color process. Full bleeds appear throughout. All pages will have a 5 mil encapsulated lamination, front and back, with rounded corners. Lamination will extend by 1/8" on three sides, with the top side an extension of 3/8" to allow for the binding. The surface must accept markings from a permanent marker. Markings must be removable by alcohol or all-purpose cleaners. Surface must withstand multiple rounds of marking and marking removal. 
  • MATERIAL FURNISHED: An Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) file. 1/8" bleeds are provided. Contractor is to furnish media for flood-coating. 
  • PAPER: White Synthetic Paper, 10 mil. Yugo or equal. 5 mil lamination, front and back. 
  • COLOR OF INK: 4-Color Process. 
  • PRINT PAGE: Head to Foot. 
  • MARGINS: Full bleeds. 
  • BINDING: Spiral-bind along the 6" top with 0.5" black plastic coils. Coils will be oversized.