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News Release

Cosco Busan Oil Spill Trustees Seek Comments on Revised Restoration Project Proposal for Endangered Marbled Murrelets

December 28, 2011

Media Contacts:

Sarah Swenty, USFWS
(916) 414-6571

Steve Hampton, California DFG
(916) 323-4724

After reviewing public comments on the September 2011 draft of the Cosco Busan Oil Spill Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan/Environmental Assessment (draft restoration plan), the Trustees for the oil spill identified new information important to the restoration options for Marbled Murrelets.  With this information, the Trustees developed a new document to replace the Marbled Murrelet portion of the draft restoration plan, and now invite public review and comments for the new document.  

Although the new document does not change the original summary of the impacts to the Marbled Murrelet, it does discuss a wider range of restoration measures and geographic locations to address injuries to the murrelets.  Specifically, the new document outlines two new measures to the plan, conditioned taste aversion (CTA) and jay removal, and it considers a larger geographic area to implement restoration actions.

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 Game (CDFW), and the California State Lands Commission (CSLC).

The new proposed Marbled Murrelet restoration project can be found at    http://www.dfg.ca.gov/ospr/Science/cosco_busan_spill.aspx

Public comments are due by January 27, 2012 and may be submitted via mail, fax, or email to:
Steve Hampton
California Department of Fish and Game
Office of Spill Prevention and Response
1700 K Street
Sacramento CA 95814

Fax: 916-324-8829, Email:  shampton@ospr.dfg.ca.gov

Last updated: December 4, 2017