California Department of Fish and Wildlife

1998 News Releases

  1. OSPR Schedules Public Hearings Re: DFG In-Situ Burning Policy
    DFG In-Situ Burning Policy - SACRAMENTO -- The Department of Fish and Game’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR) has scheduled six public workshops to inform the public and seek comments regarding the proposed draft California Policy for the use of In-Situ Burning in Waters of the State.
  2. Please Don't Touch Oiled Wildlife
    Please Don't Touch Oiled Wildlife - Sacramento, California — Winter storms have been washing oil-contaminated birds and oil tarballs from an unknown source onto the northern California coast. The U.S. Coast Guard and California Department of Fish and Game’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR) urgently ask the public to refrain from any attempts to "rescue" oiled wildlife or pick up dead animals they encounter. People who see oiled birds should not attempt to capture or move them. Instead, for birds found north of the San Francisco-San Mateo County line, call 415-663-8525. For birds found south of that point, call 408-469-1719, or notify a park ranger. Callers will be asked the bird’s location, condition, and the time they saw it there.
  3. Governor Signs New Marine Protection Measures
    Governor Signs New Marine Protection Measures - Sacramento, California — Governor Pete Wilson recently signed into law Senate Bill 1644 that requires non-tank vessels over 300 gross tons to have an approved oil spill contingency plan and 300 million dollars in financial assurances to cover damages from an oil spill before entering California state waters. The bill sets a deadline of September 1, 1999 for these ships to have their spill plans and financial assurances in place.