Hurricane Maria Response Team Assesses Distressed Vessels in La Parguera, Puerto Rico

Hal Fravel, Environmental Unit Leader, and Matt Bissell, Regional Response Officer, both with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the ESF-10 Hurricane Maria Response, conduct underwater environmental assessments for impacted vessels in La Parguera, Puerto Rico, Feb. 12, 2018. Environmental assessments are done in advance of boat removal operations in order to minimize damage to natural resources, plants, and wildlife.

ESF-10 Hurricane Maria Response personnel conduct underwater environmental assessments for impacted vessels in La Parguera, Puerto Rico, Feb. 12, 2018. 

SAN JUAN – Hurricane Maria ESF-10 Puerto Rico conducted environmental assessments for impacted vessels in La Parguera, Puerto Rico on Feb. 12, 2018. Environmental assessments are done in advance of boat removal operations in order to minimize damage to natural resources, plants, and wildlife.

To date, ESF-10 response teams have completed the following in their effort to reduce the potential environmental impact on Puerto Rico’s natural resources:

  • Assessed 377 total sunken or beached vessels
  • 318 vessels mitigated and/or removed from the environment; remaining 59 are current targets for removal
  • Contacted 96 percent of identified vessel owners
  • Mitigated 37 pollution incidents
  • Removed 18,150 gallons of oily water

For photos and video of the Hurricane Maria response, please visit our Hurricane Maria Flickr page.

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