From the late 1940s to the early 1970s, factories, including one owned by the Montrose Chemical Corporation DDT and PCBs through ocean outfall pipes onto the Palos Verdes Shelf off of southern California. Following a natural resource damages settlement in 2000, NOAA’s Montrose Settlements Restoration Program (MSRP) was developed to restore wildlife, fishing, and fish habitat that were harmed in the southern California marine environment. Here, staff from the City of Los Angeles show kids how to properly fillet a fish to reduce their intake of contaminants.
Injured Animals and Habitat
Unfortunately, birds, fish, wildlife, and their habitats often suffer from the effects of human activity. See some graphic examples of these injuries, which can be caused by sources as varied as abandoned fishing gear, spilled oil, and past industrial facilities. OR&R works to measure these damages and protect and restore NOAA trust natural resources.