Oil Spills & Seafood

OEHHA Emergency Response for Oil Spills and Seafood

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  • OEHHA is required to evaluate the potential public health risks associated with seafood consumption following oil spills into California waters.
  • This task includes making recommendations on fisheries closure and re-opening to the CaliforniaDepartment of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW).

  • If a closure is in effect for more than 48 hours, expedited testing of seafood is required before a fishery can be re-opened.

  • OEHHA works closely with CDFW’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR).
  • This fact sheet describes OEHHA’s and OSPR’s roles following marine oil spills.

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OEHHA's Protocol for Seafood Risk Assessment to Support Fisheries Re-Opening Decisions for Marine Oil Spills in California

Oil Spills Requiring Expedited Seafood Testing

More information on OEHHA’s responses to Oil Spills Requiring Expedited Seafood Testing