T/V American Trader Crude Oil Spill

State TrusteeState of California
Federal TrusteeDepartment of Commerce
AO Bureau

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Incident Type




Case Status



Huntington Beach, Pacific Ocean



Contaminants of Concern Include


Affected DOI Resources Include

Migratory Birds, Threatened and Endangered Species

Financial Summary

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Case Description

On 7 February 1990, the American Trader oil tanker spilled approximately 416,598 gallons of crude oil into the Pacific Ocean offshore of Huntington Beach, California. The cargo tank was punctured twice by the vessel’s own anchor while attempting to moor, and the oil impacted ocean waters (60 square mi—155 square km), shorelines, and marine organisms, including significant numbers of seabirds.

Credit: California Dept of Fish and Wildlife

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Case Documents

 Document TypeDocument NameDocument Date


 MOA/MOU Trustees Agreement 03/27/2002


 Consent Decree Consent Decree 03/05/1997


 Restoration Implementation Report 2001 Annual Report 01/01/2002
 Restoration Implementation Report 2002 Annual Report 01/01/2003
 Restoration Monitoring Report 2014 Murrelet Nest Monitoring 05/01/2015
 Restoration Implementation Report Grebe Report 2004 06/01/2004
 Restoration Monitoring Report Marbled Murrelet Monitoring Report 12/01/2009
 Restoration Plan Restoration Plan (Anacapa Island) 10/01/2000
 Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment Restoration Plan (Seabird) 04/01/2001

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Case Contact

Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office

Ventura, CA | (805) 644-1766 | http://www.fws.gov/ventura/

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