2002 – Prestige Spill – Spain

Spain prepares for long Prestige oil spill clean-up, more birds to be released Dozens of rehabilitated sea birds will be returned to the wild off the coast of Spain this week thanks to the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) Emergency Relief (ER) team. These latest releases cap a two-month wildlife rescue and rehabilitation effort … Read more

2002 – Auburn Spill – Auburn, CA

On the morning of September 16th 2002, Carol Frey of Auburn, California went to a local pond to feed the abandoned ducks and geese. Instead of running to greet her as they usually did, they were either trapped on a small island, or sinking, as if they were in quicksand. The entire pond was covered … Read more

2001 – Luckenbach Spill – California

Freighter that sank in 1953 off San Francisco coast leaves tragic legacy The Luckenbach sank 17 miles off the coast. The U.S. Coast Guard and the California Department of Fish and Game have identified the source of oil that has affected over 2,076 birds since Nov. 24, 2001. A submersible remotely operated vehicle collected oil … Read more

2001 – Jessica – Galapagos Islands

Overview of the Galapagos Oil Spill The spill occurred on January 16, 2001 approximately 870 yards off San Cristobal Island, one of the Galapagos Islands. At least 22 oiled pelicans were returned to the wild. Over 100 animals were affected during the spill. Nearly 200,000 gallons of diesel and bunker crude oil spilled from Ecuadorean … Read more

2000 – Treasure Spill – South Africa

Helping save 20,000 oiled penguins in Cape Town On June 23, 2000 the damaged bulk ore carrier MV Treasure sank off the coast of South Africa between Dassen and Robben islands, which support the largest and third largest colonies of African Penguins (Spheniscus demersus), worldwide. The worldwide population of African penguins is numbered at less … Read more

1996 – Pribilof Islands – Alaska

Seaducks affected by remote oil spill off Pribilof Island, Alaska Update: In 2019, the oldest known banded King Eider from the 1996 Pribilof response – survived 23 years after oiling and release During the period between February 17 – 20, 1996 numerous reports of oiled birds beaching themselves on the shores of St. Paul Island … Read more

1990 – American Trader – California

On Feburary 7, 1990 the oil tanker American Trader, just a mile off Huntington Beach, CA, ran over its own anchor, puncturing its hull. It leaked 400,000 gallons of crude into marine waters causing the death of thousands of seabirds. The spill cleanup forced a the three-week closure of 15 miles of Orange County coastline. … Read more

1989 – Exxon Valdez – Alaska

Oil spill left its mark on environment, history of spill response One of the nation’s worst oil spills occurred in Alaska’s Prince William Sound on March 24, 1989. At least 11 million gallons of crude oil spewed out of the Exxon Valdez tanker after it struck Bligh Reef in the early morning hours. While only … Read more

1984 – Puerto Rican – San Francisco, CA

Nearly 2,000 murres among bird victims in 1984 Puerto Rican spill Just after dawn on October 31, 1984, the oil tanker T/V Puerto Rican exploded offshore of San Francisco and released nearly 1.5 million gallons of oil near the Farallon Islands. At least 1,856 Common Murres, 548 Cassin’s Auklets, and 176 Arctic Loons died during … Read more