For Immediate Release
Press Contact: Mary Kay Clunies-Ross, Public Information Officer, City Manager's Office, (510) 981-7008

OIL CONTINUES TO POLLUTE BERKELEY MARINA

Berkeley, California (Saturday, November 10, 2007) - Oil from the Cosco Busan continues to pollute the Berkeley Marina.

Resources are currently being focused on containment and prevention of the spill and wildlife rescue.

The Berkeley Marina and Nature Center staff members have been busy for the last three days taking care of oiled shorebirds from all over the Bay Area. Birds are being housed temporarily at the Marina before being transported to the San Francisco Bay Oiled Wildlife Care and Education Center in Cordelia, Calif., for cleaning and release. Residents and visitors are being asked not to touch birds or other wildlife, but to report the sighting to Oiled Wildlife Care Network at (877) 823-6926. 

Residents and visitors are still being asked to stay away from the water and shoreline areas, unless they’ve been trained by California State Fish and Game to rescue the polluted animals. To learn more about being a Fish and Game volunteer, call (916) 323-0716 or (510) 236-1013.

The Harbor has been closed to boat traffic since Friday morning; it will remain so until further notice. The elimination of boat traffic helps confine the oil sludge and reduce the risk of further oil contamination in the marina. Boat owners can call 981-6740 for more information.

Updates will be posted on the City’s website at www.CityofBerkeley.Info.
 


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