Recent incidents within our National Marine Sanctuaries and throughout our country have directed the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to begin to look proactively at catastrophic oil and other chemical releases from submerged sources. Integrating data from several federal, state, and private sources, the Resources and UnderSea Threats (RUST) database was developed to inventory and determine through analysis the scope of this potential threat. Although this tool was developed initially for use by sanctuary resource protection managers, its application has applicability to the broader response community.

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