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M/V Casitas

AO BureauFederal TrusteeState Trustee

Also Known As

Incident Type

Oil

State

Hawaii

Case Status

Restoration

Location

Pearl and Hermes Atoll, Hawaiian Islands National Wildlife Refuge

Authority

OPA

Contaminants of Concern Include

Oil

Affected DOI Resources Include

Interjurisdictional Fish, DOI Managed Lands

Case Description


The M/V Casitas, a 145 ft (44 m) research vessel chartered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for marine debris removal, ran aground at Pearl and Hermes Atoll within the Hawaiian Islands National Wildlife Refuge (now also part of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument) on July 2, 2005. At the time of the grounding, the vessel carried 23 adults and had aboard numerous 55-gallon drums containing approximately 1,850 gallons of gasoline, about 30,000 gallons of diesel in the fuel tanks, lines, and engine, and about 200 gallons of lubricating oils in storage.

Credit: NOAA


Case Documents


 Document TypeDocument NameDocument Date

Factsheet

 Factsheet Restoring Coral Reefs  

Settlement

 Consent Decree Consent Decree 02/13/2009

Restoration

 Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment Restoration Plan 03/01/2011

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Case Contact


Pacific islands Fish and Wildlife Office

Honolulu, HI | (808) 792-9400 | http://www.fws.gov/pacificislands/

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