Scientists pull in a seine net along a beach near Santa Barbara, California, about a year after the oil spill at Refugio State Beach. They are sampling fish known as surfperch to evaluate any impacts from the oil spill.
Assessment and Restoration
From Superfund sites to oil spills, OR&R is responsible for evaluating and restoring damaged coastal and estuarine habitats. Through NOAA's Damage Assessment, Remediation and Restoration Program, OR&R provides permanent expertise to assess and restore natural resources injured by releases of oil and hazardous substances, as well as by physical impacts, such as ship groundings in National Marine Sanctuaries. Take a look at these examples of OR&R's work in protecting and restoring habitat.