The California Fish and Wildlife’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR) and the Coast Guard are investigating an oil spill that occurred on March 13, in the Los Angeles Harbor. A Unified Command has been established that includes the Coast Guard, California Fish and Wildlife’s OSPR, and the responsible party.
Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach command center received a report at 6:30 p.m., Sunday, March 13, of an unknown quantity of oil in the vicinity of the 577-foot cargo ship, Istra Ace. The ship was reported to have been leaking heavy fuel in the Cerritos Channel at Berth 198. Reports of oil were also observed throughout portions of Cerritos Channel, where booming strategies have been deployed.
The Oiled Wildlife Care Network (OWCN) has been activated. If you do see oiled wildlife in the response area, please call 1-877-UCD-OWCN and report immediately. We are not requesting volunteers.