Staff at Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary are often the first on-scene personnel responding
to emergency incidents in sanctuary waters. These types of emergencies include such incidents as
vessel groundings, airplane crashes, and oil spills.
Contact for page content: George Galasso
Sanctuary personnel help contact key federal, state, and local agencies; mobilize assets for
response; and ensure that sensitive sanctuary resources are protected. Improving emergency
preparedness and contingency planning is one of the Sanctuary’s highest priorities. These
activities are coordinated by resource protection staff because of the close association and
inter-relatedness to prevention, preparedness, injury assessment, and enforcement.
The Olympic Coast Area-To-Be-Avoided (ATBA)
is a voluntary measure that directs large vessel traffic to stay approximately 25 miles offshore
of the ecologically-sensitive and dangerous operating environment of the rugged Olympic Coast.
View and download maps and other information about the Olympic Coast ATBA by selecting the
Compliance with the Area-To-Be-Avoided is monitored in a cooperative program jointly operated by
Canadian Coast Guard and the United States Coast Guard. Vessel tracking data is provided to the
sanctuary, compiled and analyzed to detect trends in compliance and to identify vessels
that enter the ATBA. Compliance reports can be downloaded from our
Vessel Traffic page.
Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary participates with the US Coast Guard, State of Washington,
Quinault Nation, Hoh, Quileute and Makah Tribes on regional management and coordination of oil
spill prevention and response. View our
Regional Management and Coordination page on oil spill
planning and response.