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Pacific Oil Spill Prevention Education Team and OILS 911

The Pacific Oil Spill Prevention Education Team (POSPET) evolved from the simple premise that small oil spills can add up to cause significant environmental and economic harm, and that they are a regional problem that can be remedied more effectively through collaborative projects drawing from existing talent and resources. For over a decade, POSPET has served as a forum for exchanging information and outreach ideas about prevention of oil spills and other boater best management practices while providing boat and marina operators with a consistent and accurate pollution prevention messages. POSPET members include representatives from state and federal agencies, industry associations, and nonprofit groups from Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, California, and nationwide. The POSPET team members also track the number of certified “Clean Marinas” and “Clean Harbors” within their jurisdictions, where these programs exist. Table 1 lists the current number of facilities certified in Alaska, British Columbia, California, Oregon and Washington. These certification programs recognize marinas and harbors that educate boaters on spill and pollution prevention practices. Each certified facility must be re-certified every 1-3 years.

Total number of certified Clean Marinas or Clean Harbors as of February 2019

State/Province Total number of certified Clean Marinas or Clean Harbors in as of October 2015  
Alaska 4 http://alaskacleanharbors.org/
British Columbia 29 https://georgiastrait.org/work/cleanmarinebc/marinas/
California 82 http://www.cleanmarina.org
Oregon 65 http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/Clean/Pages/clean_marina.aspx
Washington 72 http://www.cleanmarinawashington.org/
Total 289  


A Spills aren’t Slick sign posted at Port Townsend Marina in Washington.

A Spills aren’t Slick sign posted at Port Townsend Marina in Washington.

Spills Aren’t Slick campaign

Another successful achievement of the POSPET team is the Spills Aren’t Slick campaign, which has done much to bring the impact of even small releases of oil on the environment. The team created a set of Spills Aren’t Slick signs and decals, which are widely distributed by POSPET members. These have been posted at boat ramps and marinas, among other highly visible locations.

PDF files for the Spills Aren’t Slick materials are avialable by clicking here.

Volunteer management programs for Washington and California

Washington and California have developed oil spill response volunteer coordination programs to allow citizens to participate in oil spill response efforts. Please see links below for each state’s program.


As part of the Spills Aren’t Slick campaign, POSPET publicizes 1-800-OILS-911, a toll-free number for the general public to report oil spills. It’s an easy number to remember and can be used anywhere on the West Coast from British Columbia to California. When a boater calls this number it is automatically routed to the emergency office of the relevant jurisdiction.  In 2012, the calls by jurisdiction are summarized in Table 2 (Note: at present, Hawaii and Alaska are not participating in the program)

Washington Department of Ecology NW Regional Office employees promote OILS 911. Washington Department of Ecology NW Regional Office employees promote OILS 911.

Washington Department of Ecology NW Regional Office employees promote OILS 911. Washington Department of Ecology NW Regional Office employees promote OILS 911.

Table 2: OILS-911 calls made 1999-2019

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Featured Program

Pollution Prevention for
Washington State Marinas
The Washington State Dept. of Ecology and Puget Soundkeeper collaborated to produce a pollution prevention guidebook for marina managers throughout Washington state. The handbook. The handbook provides a concise summary of the current laws, regulations, and best practices for the marina industry. Authored by members of the Clean Marina Partnership, it represents the collaborative approach required to preserve and steward our marine resources for future generations.

Please visit http://www.wsg.washington.edu/marina-handbook to download the guidebook

Members of the Pacific Oil Spill Prevention Education Team (POSPET)



British Columbia

Michelle Young
Clean Marine BC
Program Coordinator
(250) 753-3459







Steve Gonzales
Public Information Officer
CA Dept of Fish and Wildlife
Office of Spill Prevention and Response

(916) 322-1683


David “DC” Carter
Senior Response Manager, Pacific Environmental Corporation (PENCO)

65 N. Nimitz Highway
Pier 14
Honolulu, Hawaii 96817
(808) 792-1181




Aaron Barnett
Washington Sea Grant
Boating Program Specialist
(206) 616-8929


Shayne Cothern
Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
Environmental Specialist-Sediment Quality Unit
(360) 902-1064

Franji Mayes
Washington State Department of Ecology
Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator
(360) 407-7211