Racoons, endangered species impacted by oil
spill, officials announce
Bay City News
November 17, 2007
Incident Commander Barry McFarland, a representative for the
Cosco Busan ship that caused the Nov. 7 oil spill in the San Francisco
Bay, said the vessels deployed to clean up oil left on the surface
of the water were decontaminated today at San Francisco's Hunters
Point and in Alameda.
The ships are no longer in the bay because there is no longer
oil on the bay's waters, he said.
"There's no visible oil that we're seeing in the surveillance,
so the vessels are being (decontaminated). They're still available
to go out and re-respond if conditions change," McFarland
Oil is still being cleaned from shorelines, he said.
Nearly 17,000 gallons of the 58,000 gallons of oil spilled into
the bay have been collected off the water as of today, McFarland
said. The amount of oil collected from shorelines and beaches
is difficult to know, he added, as sand and dirt are collected
along with the oil.
The ship that leaked the oil following a run-in with a tower
of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is being repaired in the
San Francisco shipyard, McFarland said.
Assistant Chief of the California Department of Fish & Game
Steve Edinger gave an updated number of recovered wildlife, totaling
1,005 live birds, 1,030 dead birds, and two dead raccoons as of
2 p.m. today.
Two species of birds currently on endangered species lists have
also been recovered dead, including two Marble Murlets and one
Brown Pelican, according to Edinger.
In Half Moon Bay Friday, 38 birds were re-released and additional
birds may be ready for release Monday, he said.
Fish and Game officials will also be testing seafood caught within
the restricted area three miles from the shoreline between San
Pedro Point and Point Reyes Lighthouse, Edinger said.
Fishing ceased following Governor Schwarzenegger's executive
order suspending fishing in areas affected by the oil spill until
Dec. 1. Fishing outside of the restricted area is open, and fish
and crab caught in open areas will not be tested for safety, Edinger
"That was an area that we do not believe there was an impact
to the seafood," Edinger said.
Closed areas may be reopened if it is deemed safe by Fish and
Game officials, but they may also be kept closed if necessary,
according to Edinger.
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