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June 2013 Archives

NPFMC June 2013 Brief on Regulating Flow Scales on Fishing Vessels

In order to address ongoing concerns such as those arising from fraud allegations on American Seafoods, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC) has come up with some potential revisions to existing flow scale regulations. The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) will consult with the NPFMC, industry participants, and the public to hear questions before developing regulations in keeping with the revisions proposed in the Brief.

F/V SWIFT Crewman Missing in Icy Strait, Alaska

Just after midnight this morning, F/V PACIFIC HORIZON arrived in Icy Strait, which is about 40 miles west of Juneau, to meet up with the deckhand and captain of 34-foot F/V SWIFT; they found no one aboard. The PACIFIC HORIZON crew contacted the Coast Guard, which issued an urgent marine information broadcast and launched a search of the area.

VICTORIA CLIPPER III Engine Fire Near Seattle, Washington

Friday evening, after a day of whale watching near the San Juan Islands, VICTORIA CLIPPER III dropped from her usual speed to much, much slower and headed for Shilshole Bay Marina instead of her destination at Pier 69. The captain let everyone know that there had been a small fire, which was under control, and that they were docking at Shilshole to be on the safe side. None of the nearly 160 people on board were injured and, by all reports, the crew handled the situation well. The passengers safely disembarked and were transported to Pier 69 on buses.

F/V TUXEDNI Crew Awarded Gold Life Saving Medals for Rescue of F/V HERITAGE Crew

Early on January 25, 2012, the seven-person crew of F/V HERITAGE placed a distress call as their vessel sank in rough seas off Kodiak, AK. The Coast Guard picked up two of the HERITAGE crew from the water by helicopter, as Seattle-based F/V TUXEDNI crew picked up the other five from their life raft.

F/V BLUE PACIFIC Fire Doused - No Injuries Reported

Yesterday morning, while moored in Unalaska, a fire broke out in the hold of 180-foot freezer longliner BLUE PACIFIC. Apparently, a space heater started it, lighting nearby paper fish packing bags on fire. According to the report, Unalaska firefighters, State Troopers, and the U.S. Coast Guard all responded and had the fire out in about two hours.

Man Overboard of F/V ESPERANZA Near Cordova, Alaska

F/V ESPERANZA lost a crew member to drowning at around 7:30 a.m. on June 10 when Cornell Perry Bean, Jr. went overboard without a life jacket in the Gulf of Alaska near Cordova. It took ESPERANZA crewmates about ten minutes to locate him in the foggy weather, after which CPR was administered for another hour. Sadly, the CPR did not revive Mr. Bean.

F/V ALASKA SPIRIT Crewman Medevaced for Crushed Finger

On June 10, the Coast Guard responded to a call from Seattle-based F/V ALASKA SPIRIT that a crewman required medical care for a crushed finger about 58 miles southeast of Nunivak Island, Alaska. The injured crewman was first brought aboard a Coast Guard cutter, but an exam of the wound quickly revealed that he needed more in-depth care in order to hopefully save the finger. He was accordingly medevaced by Coast Guard helicopter for further medical attention on shore.

F/V NEAHKAHNIE Grounded On Whidbey Island Near Bush Point

Around 4:00 a.m. today, the Coast Guard received word that Seattle-based, steel-hulled F/V NEAHKAHNIE had run aground near Bush Point, which is on the west side of Whidbey Island. According to reports, no one aboard the 97-foot vessel was injured and there has been no pollution. The Coast Guard has set a 250-foot safety zone around NEAHKAHNIE, and a salvage company has placed 500 feet of containment boom as a precaution while she's grounded.

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