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Restoration Center | DARP


North Cape Grounding - General Images

On January 19, 1996 the T/B North Cape ran aground just off the coast of Rhode Island spilling approximately 828,000 gallons of home heating oil. The oil spill killed large numbers of lobsters, surf clams, sea birds, and adversely affected several of the Rhode Island coastal salt ponds. In December 1999 the Trustees and the RP reached a settlement for restoration that included: an adult lobster restocking project through the purchase, v-notching, and release of 1.25 million adult female lobsters; implementation of a multi-species shellfish restoration project; acquisition of land or a conservation easement near or adjacent to one or more of Rhode Island's salt ponds; acquisition of areas that support loon nests to provide protection and monitoring of the population; acquisition of land or a conservation easement on an island off the coast of Maine in order to protect eider nesting habitat from future development; implementation of a project that will enhance the productivity of piping plovers by reducing disturbance and predation at piping plover nests; implementation of one or more anadromous fish run restoration projects intended to provide compensation for lost recreational fishing and funds have been set aside for general oversight (as opposed to direct implementation costs) of the non-lobster restoration projects.


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