Oil spill response drills are being conducted Wednesday and Thursday by Canadian and U.S. Coast Guard Personnel in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Photo courtesy Twitter/Canadian Coast Guard.

Oil spill response drills are being conducted Wednesday and Thursday by Canadian and U.S. Coast Guard Personnel in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Photo courtesy Twitter/Canadian Coast Guard.

Canadian and U.S. Coast Guard crews are busy in the Strait of Juan de Fuca Wednesday for oil spill response training.

The Candian Coast Guard said Tuesday water and air assets will be deployed.

In a release, the U.S. Coast Guard said oil spill response equipment will be deployed in the vicinity of Port Angeles and Freshwater Bay and may be visible from shore.

Officials say a harmless, non-toxic dye is being used for the drill for responders to simulate on-water recovery operations with boats, boom and skimmers.

Wildlife experts are also on hand to monitor marine species.

The drill is testing assets and personnel being moved across the border between Canada and the U.S. and test the activation process for the Canada-United States Joint Marine Pollution Contingency Plan, Pacific Annex.

The annex was designed to prepare for possible incidents requiring an international response.

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