TRINIDAD, Calif. (KIEM)- An oil spill cleanup drill took place today in the Trinidad Harbor. The effort coinciding with World Ocean Day.

 The Cher-Ae Heights Indian Community of the Trinidad Rancheria came together in today’s oil spill response drill to protect coastal waters. Tribal leaders tell us they want to ensure safe and clean Pacific Ocean waters here along the North Coast.

“This is the first training we’ve had in many years. And so, there’s a lot of harbor staff that haven’t received the training. We thought it would be a good time to get the Coast Guard here and Fish and Wildlife here and some environmental specialists to come and provide this training so harbor staff can ask questions and get familiar with the equipment and then go out and do some drills, so they know how to use it,” said Ron Sundberg, Environmental Director for Trinidad Rancheria.

The tribe owns and operates the facilities at the Trinidad harbor, which supports a commercial and recreational fishing fleet.

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