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History of Response

More than 220 Oil Spill Responses since 1971

Since 1971 our International Bird Rescue (IBR) team of more than 40 highly trained specialists has led wildlife rescue efforts in over 220 oil spills in 11 States, two U.S. territories, and 12 different countries.

Below is list of most of the major oil spill responses that IBR has lent its expertise.

Major Oil Spill Responses

2000s

Date

Spill Name

Location

Birds Treated

Mortality

Released

Release Rate

Oct. 2011-Feb. 2012

Rena2

Tauranga, New Zealand

420

45

375

89%

April-Sept. 2010

BP Deepwater Horizon2

Louisiana

NA

NA

NA

NA

November 2007

Cosco Busan

San Francisco, CA

1,084

1,858

421

40%

2006

Estonia

Tallinn, Estonia

156

NA

61

39%

January
2005

Westin Spill

CA

38

9

29

77%

Feb. 2005-
April 2005

Ventura Mystery #2

Ventura. CA

76

1

19

25%

Jan.2005-
Feb. 2005

Ventura Mystery #1

Ventura. CA

1,202

310

243

20%

December 2004

Selendang Ayu

Unalaska Island, Alaska

23

13

10

43%

October 2004

Dalco Passage

Puget Sound, WA

NA

NA

NA

NA

April 2004

Suisun Marsh

Fairfield, CA

NA

NA

NA

NA

Jan. 2004-
Feb. 2004

Rocknes Spill

Bergen, Norway

131

50

81

62%

January
2003

Mystery Spill

Huntington Beach, CA

9

0

9

100%

Dec. 2002-
March 2003

Monterey Mystery Spill

Monterey to Bodega Bay

538

260

89

32%

Dec. 2002-Jan. 2003

Prestige Spill

Pontevedra, Spain

NA

NA

NA

NA

Nov. 2002-Feb. 2003

Luckenbach Spill 2

San Francisco, CA

131

50

81

62%

September 2002

Auburn Spill

Auburn, CA

35

3

32

91%

June 2002

Livermore Diesel Spill

Livermore, CA

11

2

9

85%

January 2002

Placentia Creek Spill

Placentia, CA

6

4

2

20%

November 2001

Central Coast Mystery Spill

Santa Barbara, CA

9

7

2

20%

November 2001

Mystery Spill

St. Peter Ording, Germany

Data NA

NA

NA

NA

Nov. 2001-July 2002

Luckenbach Spill 1

Monterey to Bodega Bay

828

535

293

36%

August 2001

Windy Bay Spill

Valdez, AK

2

0

2

100%

Jan.-April 2001

Malibu Mystery Spill

Santa Barbara- Long Beach, CA

Data NA

NA

NA

NA

January 2001

Jessica2

Galapagos Is., Ecuador

21

0

21

100%

January 2001

Equilon

Long Beach, CA

12

1

11

92%

November 2000

Arco Refinery

Los Angeles, CA

3

3

0

0%

October 2000- 2006

Trona #3

Trona, CA

303

73

230

76%

September 2000

Trona #2

Trona, CA

11

6

5

45%

August 2000

Argentina Mystery

Argentina

NA

NA

NA

NA

June-Sept. 2000

Treasure2

Cape Town, South Africa

20,251

1,957

18,200

90%

June 2000

Trona #1

Trona, CA

18

11

7

39%

March 2000

Hunter's Point

San Francisco, CA

1

1

0

0%

March 2000

Berkeley Mystery

Berkeley, CA

2

2

0

0%

March 2000

Malibu Mystery

Malibu, CA

3

2

1

33%

February 2000

Canola Oil

Vancouver, BC Canada

NA

NA

NA

NA

January 2000

Erika2

Brittany, France

63,5733

61,628

1,945

3.1%

1990s

November-December 1999

Four Bayou

Grande Isle, LA

15

0

15

100%

October 1999

Stockdale/Oildale

Bakersfield, CA

21

16

5

24%

October 1999

Ballona Creek

Los Angeles, CA

5

0

5

100%

September 1999

Stuyvesant

Humboldt Bay, CA

690

409

281

41%

July 1999

Davis Golf Course Motor Oil

Davis, CA

11

0

11

100%

June 1999

Calloway Canal

Bakersfield, CA

11

8

3

30%

Feb.-March 1999

New Carissa

Coos Bay & Waldport, Oregon

175

43

132

74%

Jan.-Feb. 1999

Golden West

Huntington Beach, CA

35

14

21

60%

Jan.-Feb. 1999

College Park

Huntington Beach, CA

15

3

12

80%

January 1999

Delphi Heating Oil

Astoria, Oregon

12

11

1

8%

December 1998

El Segundo Refinery

El Segundo, CA

23

7

16

70%

December 1998

Winterburg Channel

Huntington Beach, CA

50

24

26

56%

November 1998

Pallas2

Fohr & Amrum Island, Germany

NA

NA

NA

NA

Sept.-Oct. 1998

SPM Hose Spill

Oahu, HI

33

14

19

55%

Sept.-Nov. 1998

Command

San Mateo Coast, CA

76

46

29

38%

July 1998

Lake Union

Seattle, WA

5

1

4

80%

June 1998

Vaya Con Dios

Pacifica, CA

1

1

0

0%

Feb.-March 1998

Santa Barbara Mystery

Santa Barbara, CA

39

28

11

23%

Dec. 1997-March 1998

Pt. Reyes Mystery #2

Pt. Reyes, CA

635

345

290

46%

January 1998

Carson

Carson, CA

153

6

147

96%

Nov.-Dec. 1997

Pt. Reyes Mystery #1

Pt. Reyes, CA

303

196

79

27%

November 1997

Kure

Eureka, CA

484

177

195

40%

Oct.-Nov. 1997

Fish/Vegetable Oil

Santa Cruz, CA

505

250

255

50%

Sept.-Oct. 1997

Torch Oil

Lompoc, CA

53

33

18

34%

July 1997

Penitencia Creek

Milpitas, CA

7

1

6

86%

Jan.-Feb. 1997

Nakhodka2

Japan

136

49

87

58%

Jan.-Feb. 1997

Bollona Creek

Long Beach, CA

160

50

110

63%

Nov. 1996- Jan. 1997

Cordigliera2

Port Elizabeth, South Africa

1,200

NA

NA

NA

Oct.-Nov. 1996

Cape Mohican

San Francisco, CA

58

22

36

63%

July-Aug. 1996

Cerritos Channel

Long Beach, CA

35

9

26

74%

April 1996

Brea Oil2

Brea, CA

8

0

8

100%

March 1996

Evergreen Oil

Newark, CA

2

1

1

50%

Feb.-March 1996

Pribilof Island

Pribilof Islands, Alaska

165

35

130

78%

Sept.-Dec. 1995

Back Bay

Newport Beach, CA

9

7

3

30%

September 1995

Dyer2

Cape Town, South Africa

NA

NA

NA

NA

July-Sept. 1995

BHP2

Tasmania, Australia

2,124

110

2,014

95%

February 1995

Metrolink

Long Beach, CA

96

NA

NA

NA

January 1995

Chevron

Venice, CA

24

1

23

96%

January 1995

McDonnell Douglas

Long Beach, CA

141

9

5

36%

July-Sept. 1994

Apollo Sea2

Cape Town, South Africa

9,672

4,633

5,003

52%

June 1994

Tidelands

Dominguez Channel, Long Beach, CA

15

0

15

100%

January 1994

Four Corners

Valencia, CA

321

1

23

96%

June 1994

Tidelands

Dominguez Channel, Long Beach, CA

15

0

15

100%

January 1994

Bush

Oxnard, CA

46

30

16

34%

January 1993

Prado Basin

Riverside, CA

201

10

10

50%

October 1992

Green Hill Petroleum

Timbalier Bay, LA

101

0

10

100%

August 1992

Unocal

Avila Beach, CA

42

26

15

38%

January 1992

Chevron

Alcatraz Island, CA

3

1

2

67%

December 1991

US Navy

San Diego Harbor, CA

26

6

20

77%

November 1991

Source Unknown

Crescent City, CA

5

3

2

40%

October 1991

La Esperanza

Long Beach, CA

1

1

0

0%

September 1991

Source Unknown2

Punto Tumbo, Argentina

Approx. 400

NA

Approx. 150

Data Incomplete

July 1991

Tenyo Maru

Washington Coast, WA

700

550

150

21%

June 1991

Alphius

Long Beach, CA

1

0

1

100%

May 1991

Unocal

Los Angeles, CA

6

3

3

50%

February 1991

Santa Clara River

Valencia, CA

1661

41

123

72%

February 1991

Texaco

Annacortes, WA

87

49

38

44%

January 1991

Sammy Superstar

Long Beach, CA

56

24

32

57%

December 1990

Source Unknown

San Mateo Coast, CA

195

154

41

21%

June 1990

Western Transport

San Mateo, CA

67

37

28

52%

February 1990

Source Unknown

San Mateo, CA

173

111

53

36%

February 1990

American Trader

Huntington Beach, CA

565

226

310

60%

1980s

March 1989

Exxon Valdez

Alaska

1,604

803

801

50%

December 1988

Nestucca

Gray's Harbor, WA

3,048

2,099

959

31%

September 1988

Mobil

Los Angeles River, CA

64

23

41

61%

April 1988

Shell/Martinez

Martinez, CA

414

117

297

72%

February 1986

Apex Houston

San Francisco, CA

2,512

1,405

1,107

44%

December 1985

Arco Anchorage

Port Angeles, WA

1,562

1,243

281

18%

October 1984

Puerto Rican

Marin County, CA

624

309

315

50%

April 1984

S/S MobilOil

Columbia River, OR

458

174

284

62%

February 1981

Source Unknown

Myrtle Beach, SC

252

72

180

71%

May 1980

Marathon

Platte River, WY

289

198

91

32%

1970s

May 1979

Source Unknown

Concord, CA

82

14

68

83%

March 1978

Source Unknown

Concord, CA

100

29

71

71%

March 1978

Steuart Transportation

Chesapeake Bay, VA

400

260

140

35%

December 1977

Source Unknown

Martinez, CA

44

3

41

93%

February 1977

Bethlehem Ship Yard

San Francisco, CA

330

288

42

13%

April 1976

Colgate

Aquatic Park, Berkeley, CA

50

22

25

56%

January 1976

Matson Lines

Crockett, CA

140

35

105

75%

September 1975

Source Unknown

San Mateo Coast, CA

635

476

159

25%

February 1974

Source Unknown

San Francisco, CA

77

36

41

53%

December 1973

Source Unknown

San Francisco, CA

100

75

25

25%

January 1973

Source Unknown

Oakland Estuary, CA

308

165

143

46%

January 1971

Source Unknown

San Francisco, CA

7,000

6,700

300

4.5%

1 Mammals, reptiles or amphibians were also treated by IBRRC at this spill.
2
International Bird Rescue was not the lead organization on this spill, but assisted other organizations or state and federal agencies in the management of the rehabilitation program.
3 This figure represents birds picked up alive and dead.

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