Removal and disposal of abandoned and derelict vessels in the Carquinez Strait

The Commission and its contractor removed and disposed of all abandoned and derelict vessels in the Carquinez Strait in the town of Crockett.

The Commission removed five vessels: a 45-foot CalBay workboat, a 60-foot landing craft, a pontoon boat, and two large steel barges. Altogether, we removed and disposed of 436,000 pounds of solid waste and all the residual petroleum products and hazardous materials on the vessels. This vessel abatement is in concert with the Commission’s efforts to clean up the site where the Nantucket restaurant, a marina, and a marine services shop were previously located. The overarching goal is to remove the restaurant building and foundation, derelict piers and pilings, and shoreline debris. Long-term, our goal is to make the area suitable for public use, such as fishing and boating, and to increase valuable eelgrass habitat.

Scroll through the gallery below to see all the progress that’s been made in Crockett.

Below is a drone video overview of Crockett from 2019-2022.

Larger view available. Credit: NOAA Office of Response & Restoration. 


Public Land Manager
Vicki Caldwell

Media Inquiries
Sheri Pemberton

Abandoned Commercial Vessel Removal Plan

AB 2441 (Frazier, 2019) requires the Commission to develop a plan to remove abandoned and derelict commercial vessels in the Sacramento San Joaquin Delta.

Abandoned Commercial Vessel Removal Plan

Best Management Practices

The Commission’s best management practices are advisory and provide guidance to local entities responsible for marine debris removal. The Commission adopted these best management practices in 2016, following the enactment of AB 1323 (Frazier), which required the Commission to adopt best management practices for marine debris removal after consulting with interested state and local entities.

Best Management Practices for Marine Debris Removal