Department of Fish and Wildlife Oil Spill Team (OST) is a key component
of Washington State’s oil spill response program. Since it’s
formation in 1992, the OST has provided round-the-clock oil spill
response capability to address the needs of fish and wildlife resources.
The OST also provides extensive technical support to the State’s
oil spill planning and preparedness efforts. Funding for the team
comes from a portion of the state tax levied on Washington petroleum
As a natural
resource trustee, the team’s mission includes a responsibility
to be a strong voice for fish and wildlife in the oil spill response
community. In support of this mission, OST members work with representatives
of other state and federal agencies, tribes, and other stakeholders
to protect natural resources from petroleum spills and serve as
advocates for the restoration of fish and wildlife resources impacted
by oil spills. As a unit within WDFW, all of the team’s resources
are focused on the needs of fish and wildlife.
The OST provides
support services in three primary areas: Natural Resource Protection,
Oiled Wildlife Rescue, and Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA).
more information on WDFW's Oil Spill Team, please contact:
600 Capital Way N.
Olympia, WA, 98501