Oily: How A San Francisco Oil Spill Took Its Toll On Fish

Many San Francisco Bay Area beaches and recreation areas were closed during the Cosco Busan oil spill in 2007. Photo source: CA Fish & Games / S. Hampton


How quickly have Americans forgotten about the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill? Fast enough that that last week BP launched an advertising blitz aimed at giving a “progress report” on the company’s cleanup efforts.

But that doesn’t mean the impacts of an oil spill end when Anderson Cooper goes home. A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences looks at the aftermath of a 2007 oil spill in San Francisco Bay, and finds the accidents has had lingering effects on local fish—effects that continued well after the spill was cleaned up…

Read Full Article, Time Magazine

Read Original Study: “Sunlight and Bunker Oil Fatal To Fish Species,” UC Davis
The 2007 Cosco Busan disaster, which spilled 54,000 gallons of oil into the San Francisco Bay, had an unexpectedly lethal impact on embryonic fish, devastating a commercially and ecologically important species for nearly two years, reports a new study by the University of California, Davis, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Cosco Busan Oil Spill, California