Stephanie Stone (415) 379-5121
Andrew Ng (415) 379-5123
NOVEMBER 7 OIL SPILL IN SAN FRANCISCO BAY
(Posted November 9, 2007)
On Wednesday, November 7, 2007, at 8:30 am PST, an 810-foot-long container ship called the Cosco Busan struck the base of a tower of the Bay Bridge. Approximately 58,000 gallons of heavy-duty bunker fuel oil spilled into San Francisco Bay and spread to beaches surrounding the bay and out into the Pacific Ocean. Besides economic and human health concerns, the oil spill poses a serious threat to the numerous birds, mammals, fish, invertebrates, and other organisms that depend on the bay for food and shelter.
|The Academy's Role||
The Academy has joined a task force composed of scientific, conservation, and governmental organizations to disseminate reliable information to the public and provide support where needed. This task force includes Dr. Terry Gosliner of the Academy and representatives from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, San Francisco Department of the Environment, Oiled Wildlife Care Network, Marine Mammal Center, Aquarium of the Bay, San Francisco Zoo, and more.
|Responses from the Academy's Scientists||
Academy scientists weigh in on the biological ramifications of the oil spill. Further comments are available upon request:
|What You Can Do||
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