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M/V Casitas

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Also Known As

Incident Type




Case Status



Pearl and Hermes Atoll, Hawaiian Islands National Wildlife Refuge



Contaminants of Concern Include


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 Restoring Coral Reefs  


 Consent Decree Consent Decree 02/13/2009


 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 |

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