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From 2011-2016, the USCG conducted a series of oil-in-ice exercises in the Straights of Mackinac, Alaska, and Rhode Island. The purpose of these exercises was to identify, test, and validate oil-in-ice recovery equipment and strategies. Oil-in-ice recovery capability in open water was an identified gap by USCG Research and Development. The selected venues provided ideal training environments, and moreover, each venue offered realistic oil spill risks to the environment. The presenter will share the equipment and strategies that were tested and will discuss lessons learned from each respective exercise to include identification of what worked well as well as additional challenges in oil-in-ice recovery in open water.