map showing showing spill location inside and outside Humboldt Bay
Spill Location.
collage of newspaper articles relating to the Kure Spill
  • LOCATION: Humboldt Bay and Humboldt County Coast.
  • DATE: November 5, 1997
  • INCIDENT SUMMARY: The M/V Kure collided with a loading dock in Humboldt Bay, rupturing a fuel tank and spilling several thousand gallons of bunker fuel oil into the bay.
  • RESPONSIBLE PARTY: Kure Shipping S.A. and Patt Manfield Co., Ltd.
  • NATURAL RESOURCE TRUSTEE: California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, California State Lands Commission, United States Fish and Wildlife Service.
  • RESOURCES IMPACTED: Birds (3,950 estimated killed, including 130 Marbled Murrelets); habitat (saltmarsh, mudflats); human recreational uses (sea kayaking, camping, surfing).
  • SETTLEMENT DETAILS: The trustees settled the NRDA portion of the case for $4.82 million. This includes $2.42 million for various habitat and recreational use projects, and a conservation easement for the EF Hunter and Big Mynot forest parcels, valued at $2.4 million.
  • STATUS OF RESTORATION: Final Restoration Plan completed; restoration projects now in progress.

Available Documents

Administrative Record

Restoration Project Monitoring Reports

Grebe Colony Protection

Pelican Disturbance Reduction in Humboldt Bay

Corvid Management in Redwood National and State Parks

Common Murre Restoration on the North Coast

Snowy Plover Dune Enhancement, Little River State Beach

Snowy Plover Dune Enhancement, South Spit Humboldt Bay

Palmer's Point Enhancement


Jeffery Dayton
Email: Jeffery.Dayton@wildlife.ca.gov
phone: (707) 441-5736

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