On January 28th, 2008, reports of 'tarballs' washing up on shorelines throughout central California arrived via beach monitoring agencies and the public. These floating bits of oil are dime to dinner plate sized.

    The beaches where tarballs were found - as of January 29th, 2008 - is made available courtesy of Glen Watabayashi (NOAA) (at right). The sightings have decreased in

    On November 7, 2007, the container ship M/V Cosco Busan struck the Oakland-Bay Bridge in San Francisco Bay spilling an estimated 58,000 gallons of bunker fuel into the Bay. In the days that followed, currents spread the oil throughout the Bay and to coastal areas outside the Bay.

    CeNCOOS Contributions
    In collaboration with the Coastal Ocean

    Timeline of Monterey Bay Physical and Biological Events

    Large Algal Bloom and seabird die-off in Monterey Bay


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    BeachCOMBERS Program Records major Common Murre Die-Off

        CeNCOOS and our partners Staffed an Exhibit and Poster Session, at the March 3rd Monterey Bay Sanctuary Symposium OceanObs 
        The National Data Buoy Center’s Dial-A-Buoy program allows ocean users to easily retrieve information on weather and water conditions when away from the internet
        CeNCOOS Council Meeting: Friday, March 2, 2007 Moss Landing
        • CeNCOOS Council Meeting - San Francisco, Oct. 2006


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