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Take of all fish and shellfish is immediately prohibited from Huntington Beach to Dana Point, including the shorelines and offshore areas and all bays due to an oil spill in Southern California. The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has determined that a threat to public health is likely by fishing in the affected area or consuming fish or shellfish that may have been affected by the spill.

Crude oil is shown in the Pacific Ocean offshore of Orange County, Oct. 3, 2021. Official U.S. Coast Guard photo.

OEHHA recommended this fishery closure to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW). The CDFW’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR) Administrator, Thomas Cullen, signed the closure on behalf of CDFW Director Charlton H. Bonham.

The closure is in effect until lifted. This closure document includes a detailed map of the initially closed areas. The extent of the closure will change as conditions and factors in the area change.