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Oiled coot being washed by people wearing orange rubber gloves

Fate of oiled wildlife 25 years later

By Corinna Fish

First came the American Trader oil spill in Huntington Beach in 1990, followed by a public response to save wildlife covered in oil. The plan included a call to UC Davis’ wildlife experts.

Oiled coot being washed by people wearing orange rubber gloves

Veterinarian Michael Ziccardi performs a physical exam on a cleaned juvenile Kemp’s ridley sea turtle after the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon spill. (Sylvia Wright/UC Davis photo)

How did Orange County residents help form the OWCN?

‘Without the public response to American Trader — lead by people living in Orange County who understood the importance of the marine environment — we wouldn’t have nearly the degree of responsiveness we have now.’

— Michael Ziccardi

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