Thursday, November 5, 2009

San Francisco Bay Spill Update

San Francisco Bay Spill Update: Shoreline fishing activities resume in some Alameda County areas

The California Department of Fish and Game, upon recommendation of the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), has modified the shoreline fishing and shellfish harvesting closure.

Shoreline area restrictions lifted:
- Oakland Middle Harbor north to the Bay Bridge
- Oakland Inner Harbor
- San Leandro Bay
- Shoreline south of the southern boundary of Oakland Airport to the San Mateo Bridge

The decision to lift the closures was based on shoreline oiling data collected during the response.

Shoreline area remaining closed:
- Alameda County shoreline along San Francisco Bay from Alameda Point (at the northwest corner of Alameda Naval Air station) to the southern boundary of the Oakland airport. This area is closed to fishing from the shore, including finfish and shellfish.

The closure will remain in effect until an investigation determines that there is no potential public health threat posed by the spill.

This closure does not apply to fishing from boats in the bay. OEHHA continues to advise that anglers avoid fishing in areas where there is a visible sheen on the water.

Fishery closure map available at

Sam Delson, Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, (916) 764-0955
Carol Singleton, Department of Fish and Game, (916) 539-6124
U.S. Coast Guard Public Affairs, (415) 748-0112

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