Under the Environmental Sensitivity Index (ESI) method, human-use resources that may be either negatively impacted by an oil spills or used as access points for oil spill cleanup are typically marked on ESI maps with a symbol. The table below lists all of the categories for human-use resources, and it also includes some information about how they are displayed on ESI maps.
|Access||Vehicular access to the shoreline|
|Aquaculture||Hatcheries, ponds, and pens|
|Archaeological Site||Water-, coastal-, or wetland-associated|
|Beach||High-use recreational beaches|
|Diving||High-use recreational areas|
|Hazardous Waste Site|
|Historical Site||Water-, coastal-, or wetland-associated|
|Indian Reservation/Tribal Land|
|Management Area||Managed areas (including nature conservancies)|
|Mining||Intertidal/subtidal mining leases|
|NOAA Data Buoy|
|Park||State and regional parks|
|Recreational Fishing||High-use recreational areas|
|Special Management Areas||Usually water-associated|
|Subsistence Fishing||Designated harvest sites|
|Water Intake||Industrial; drinking water; cooling water, aquaculture|
More Information about ESI Maps
Anatomy of ESI Maps: Learn about the basic elements of ESI maps.
Shoreline Rankings: Learn how shorelines are ranked on ESI maps according to their sensitivity to oil, the natural persistence of oil, and the expected ease of cleanup after an oil spill.
Biological Resources: Learn how oil-sensitive animals and their habitats, and habitats that are themselves sensitive to spilled oil (such as coral reefs), are represented on ESI maps.