California Department of Fish and Wildlife

SS Jakob Luckenbach News Releases

  1. SAN MATEO MYSTERY OIL SPILL
    Number of seabirds caught in oil climbs - The oiled bird incident under investigation by the California Department of Fish andGame Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR) and the U.S. Coast Guard Marine SafetyOffice - San Francisco remains a mystery. As of this morning, over 725 oiled seabirds have beentaken to the San Francisco Bay Oiled Wildlife Care and Education Center in Suisun City, sinceNovember 24. But despite daily overflights and on-water searches, the oil affecting the birds hasnot been found
  2. SAN MATEO MYSTERY OIL SPILL
    Investigation continues for source of oil - The source of the oil that has affected over 550 northern California seabirds is still underinvestigation by the U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Office - San Francisco and the StateDepartment of Fish and Game Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR).
  3. SAN MATEO MYSTERY OIL SPILL
    Information Update - Tuesday, a single, fresh oil tarball was found on Stinson Beach. The sample wassent to the OSPR Petroleum Chemistry Laboratory in Rancho Cordova. It will bethoroughly analyzed, and compared with oil taken from birds captured sinceNovember 24, when they were first discovered. Oil chemistry analysis generallytakes at least two weeks.
  4. MYSTERY SPILL OILS MORE SEA BIRDS
    MYSTERY SPILL OILS MORE SEA BIRDS - The California Department of Fish and Game’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR) and the U.S. Coast Guard continue to search for the oil that has contaminated over 150 sea birds since November 24th. The oiled birds have been washing ashore between Point Reyes and Monterey Bay, but both aerial and on-water searches have yet to identify the source(s) of the oil. As of this afternoon, 33 of the birds collected were dead on arrival. Another 16 died while receiving care.
  5. SAN MATEO MYSTERY OIL SPILL
    BIRD TOTALS FROM LUCKENBACH SPILL HIT l,800 - Previously trained volunteers and new volunteers needed as birds continue to be impacted
  6. SAN MATEO MYSTERY OIL SPILL
    Oily seabirds mystery solved - The U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Office - San Francisco and California Department of Fish and Game Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR) have identified the source of oil that has incapacitated or killed over 1,541 seabirds off the northern California coast since November 24. It is the SS Jacob Luckenbach, a 468-foot freight ship that sank approximately 17 miles Southwest of the Golden Gate Bridge, on July 14, 1953 as the result of a collision.
  7. SAN MATEO MYSTERY OIL SPILL
    Oiled Wildlife Care Center needs more volunteer help - With the number of seabirds oiled in the ongoing San Mateo Mystery Oil Spillapproaching 1300, the San Francisco Bay Oiled
  8. SAN MATEO MYSTERY OIL SPILL
    Oil killing seabirds matches oil from 1997 mystery spill - The California Dept. of Fish and Game Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR) and U.S. Coast Guard have determined that samples from the San Mateo Mystery Spill match oil samples from the Point Reyes I and II tarball incidents, which occurred from November 16, 1997, off and on through February 20, 1998. OSPR scientists believe that incident may have killed as many as 10,000 seabirds. Over 2,000 dead birds were collected, that winter
  9. SAN MATEO MYSTERY OIL SPILL
    Tarballs found at Point Reyes National SeashoreOiled seabird count tops 1,000 - Staff of the State Department of Fish and Game Office of Spill Prevention and Responsediscovered numerous oil tarballs, yesterday, on North Beach and Abbot’s Lagoon Beach, at PointReyes National Seashore. The tarballs ranged from the size of pea gravel to that of a playingcard. Samples will be analyzed at the OSPR Petroleum Chemistry Lab.