California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Map showing the locations of MV Kure spill Collage of newspaper articles relating to the Kure Spill.

Kure Oil Spill

  • LOCATION: Humboldt Bay and Humboldt County Coast.
  • DATE: November 5, 1997
  • INCIDENT SUMMARY: The M/V Kure collided with a loading dock in Humboldt Bay, rupturing a fuel tank and spilling several thousand gallons of bunker fuel oil into the bay.
  • RESPONSIBLE PARTY: Kure Shipping S.A. and Patt Manfield Co., Ltd.
  • NATURAL RESOURCE TRUSTEE: California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, California State Lands Commission, United States Fish and Wildlife Service.
  • RESOURCES IMPACTED: Birds (3,950 estimated killed, including 130 Marbled Murrelets); habitat (saltmarsh, mudflats); human recreational uses (sea kayaking, camping, surfing).
  • SETTLEMENT DETAILS: The trustees settled the NRDA portion of the case for $4.82 million. This includes $2.42 million for various habitat and recreational use projects, and a conservation easement for the EF Hunter and Big Mynot forest parcels, valued at $2.4 million.
  • STATUS OF RESTORATION: Final Restoration Plan completed; restoration projects now in progress.

Available Documents

Administrative Record

Contact Information

Laird Henkel
Phone: 831-469-1726

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