Oiled Wildlife Care Network

Effects of Oil on Fish

photo: garibaldi fishFish can get oil inside of them through their gills or by eating it. Once inside, oil can damage their organs.

Oil can affect their health and their success in spawning.

Fish are important prey for other animals, including marine mammals and birds. These animals will eat the contaminated fish, causing them to also ingest oil.

To learn more about fish and oil spills, please visit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services fact page on oil and wildlife.

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