News Release

Public Comment Sought for Two Surf Scoters Projects Proposed by Cosco Busan Oil Spill Trustees

June 17, 2013

Media Contacts:
Sarah Swenty, (916) 414-6571; sarah_swenty@fws.gov

Surf Scoter

Surf Scoters/USGS

Sacramento - The Final Cosco Busan Oil Spill Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan/Environmental Assessment (DARP/EA), dated February 2012, acknowledged the Trustees' intent to issue a request for proposals to solicit Surf Scoter restoration projects as a specific restoration project to benefit Surf Scoters was not identified.

After issuing a request for proposals and subsequently evaluating the Surf Scoter restoration project proposals received, the Trustees now have developed a new document which identifies preferred restoration projects to compensate for injuries to Surf Scoters caused by the oil spill. This Supplement to the DARP provides new information on the preferred Restoration Alternatives for Surf Scoters. The Trustees invite public review and comments on the Supplement.

Although the Supplement does not change the original summary of the impacts to Surf Scoters due to the oil spill (see DARP/EA Section 4.3.1.3), it does identify preferred restoration measures to address injuries to scoters. Specifically, the Supplement outlines two new measures to the restoration plan to benefit scoters: enhancing invertebrate prey availability for scoters on their wintering grounds in San Francisco Bay and removal of derelict fishing nets at scoter migration stopover points in the Salish Sea (e.g., Canadian waters of Puget Sound and the Strait of Georgia).

The Trustees for the Cosco Busan oil spill are the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), the National Park Service (NPS), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), and the California State Lands Commission (CSLC).

The Supplement describing the proposed Surf Scoter restoration projects can be found in the column to the right of this news release.

The Final DARP/EA can be found at http://www.dfg.ca.gov/ospr/Science/cosco_busan_spill.aspx.

Public comments are due by July 18, 2013 and may be submitted via mail, fax, or email to: Carolyn Marn
Environmental Contaminants Division
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
2800 Cottage Way Room W-2605
Sacramento, CA 95825
Fax (916) 414-6713
Carolyn_Marn@fws.gov