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Tarballs recovered from Dauphin Island, Ala.

Mobile, Ala. – Shoreline assessment teams recovered tar balls Saturday from the beach on Dauphin Island, Ala.

The tar balls, ranging in size from dimes to golf balls, were recovered and sent to a lab for further analysis.

Cleanup crews have placed a pom-pom shaped material designed to collect tar balls (known as snare boom) around the island.

Analysisof the tar balls is being conducted to determine the origin of the oil and may take 48 hours to complete.

Shoreline assessment teams typically consist of three or four trained personnel prepared to evaluate a section of shoreline, equipped with proper protective gear. Trained volunteers may assist members of the group. Team members must have basic site safety training and training sufficient to complete an evaluation of the beach.

Reports of tarballs can be made to the U.S. Coast Guard at any time at 1-800-448-5816.