Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley released the following statement in response to the news that at noon on November 30, 2021, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will reopen all fisheries that were closed as a result of the Orange County Oil Spill.
“I am relieved to see that our fisheries will finally be able to reopen” , said Supervisor Katrina Foley. “This oil spill immediately put a halt to the operations of many small businesses in our community whose livelihoods depend on the ability to fish off our Southern California coast. The business owners I have had the privilege to hear from in the last few months are resilient and my hope is that overcoming this final hurdle will finally help them get back on their feet.”
Fisheries closed in the immediate aftermath of the Orange County Oil Spill on October 3, 2021. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife did not immediately reopen fisheries because fish and other sea life in oil spill zones can ingest oil, which contains polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons that can harm human health. The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) conducted extensive testing to determine that there is no further risk to public health related to seafood consumption. More information can be found at https://socalspillresponse.com/fisheries-closure/.