For Immediate Release: 2/12/2020

California Offers Free Oil Spill Response Communication Seminars to Marina and Yacht Club Operators

Adeline Yee   I   Information Officer   I   (916) 651-8725 

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California State Parks and partners invite marina and yacht club operators to learn how to properly respond to an oil spill by attending an oil response communication seminar. Seminars, being held between March and June of this year, will teach participants the proper response skills to avoid dangerous environmental and public health issues during an oil spill. Advance registration is required.

“Marina and yacht club operators have extensive local waterway and boating knowledge so we designed these seminars with these individuals in mind,” stated Boating Clean and Green Program Manager Vivian Matuk. “Expert presenters will provide current information about the tools and resources available during an oil spill inside or outside their facilities. For example, one of the seminar topics will provide steps to increase operator communication capabilities with the Office of Emergency Services during a spill.”

Key presenters will include staff from California’s Boating Clean and Green Program, California Department of Fish and Wildlife Office of Spill Prevention and Response, and the Governor's Office of Emergency Services.

Seminar topics include:

Marina operators can choose from one of the following seminars: 

Northern California

Bay Area
Thursday, March 5 (register by March 2)

  • Martinez Yacht Club, 11 Tarantino Drive, Martinez (94553)
  • 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

Thursday, April 9 (register by April 6)

  • Stockton Yacht Club, 3235 River Drive, Stockton (95204)
  • 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Southern California

San Diego
Friday, April 24 (register by April 21)

  • Southwestern Yacht Club, 2702 Qualtrough Street, San Diego (92106)
  • 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Los Angeles
Friday, June 5 (register by June 1)

  • California Yacht Club, 4469 Admiralty Way, Marina Del Rey (90292)
  • 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

To register, please contact Boating Clean and Green Program Manager Vivian Matuk at or (415) 904-6905. Free parking is available at the workshop sites. 

The oil spill seminars are part of California’s Boating Green and Clean Program. The program is an education and outreach program conducted through California State Parks and the California Coastal Commission. For more information, please visit


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