Oil Spill Cleanup Operations Continue Today in the San Francisco Bay

Alameda, Calif. – Cleanup operations continue today in response to yesterday’s oil spill in San Francisco Bay. The spill is estimated to be between 400 and 800 gallons.

Today’s cleanup response will consist of skimming and booming operations. Shoreline monitors will be conducting reconnaissance operations on water and on area beaches. Aerial assessments will also be conducted to determine the extent and location of any remaining oil.

No confirmed oiled wildlife has been observed at this time. The Oiled Wildlife Care Network (OWCN) will continue search and reconnaissance operations today. The public is asked not to attempt to rescue oiled wildlife, but instead to report any sighting to the OWCN at 1-877-823-6926.

The California Department of Fish and Game, upon recommendation of the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), has suspended fishing and shellfish harvesting in the areas affected by the oil. The suspension will remain in effect until state health officials have determined that fishing can be reopened.

Precautionary closure areas include the Alameda County shoreline between the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and the San Mateo Bridge. In addition, OEHHA is advising that the community avoid fishing in areas where there is a visible sheen.

OEHHA’s safety guidelines call for avoiding consumption of any fish or shellfish from the spill area until analysis of the collected samples is completed. Visible oil or oily smell are obvious indications of contamination, but fish and shellfish from the spill area could still pose a potential risk even if there are no visible signs of contamination.

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