Ecological Services in the Caribbean
Oficina de Servicios Ecológicos del Caribe -- Southeast Region
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Environmental Contaminants Program
Programa de Contaminación Ambiental

Sergo Zakariadze ship grounding, El Morro National Historic Site, San Juan, PR 1999. Photo by US Coast Guard


Refuge Cleanups:

Provide technical assistance to the Caribbean National Refuge System  ensure that cleanup levels for the Vieques National Refuge and the Culebra National  Refuge are protective of wildlife and its habitat.

Spill Response:

Oil or hazardous material spills can impact natural resources managed by the Service. The Service, The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) is authorized to conduct Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration (NRDAR when fish and wildlife trust resources are harmed during oil and chemical spills.

Our spill response program emphasizes early (contingency) planning and coordination with other agencies and organizations, in an effort to minimize the injury to fish, wildlife, and their habitats when spills occur.


We help restore natural resources injured following the release of oil and other hazardous substances. Specialists assess the injuries to natural resources entrusted to the Department. DOI representatives typically work with other natural resource trustees including federal and state agencies.

For more information: Contact Felix López, Caribbean Contaminants Program Coordinator at,

Related Links:

Caribbean Contaminants Program Fact Sheet - PDF ver. 189KB

National FWS Contaminants Program

Environmental Contaminants Encyclopedia


Last updated: May 23, 2014