Monday, May 23, 2016

Second vessel runs aground at Ocean Shores

No spill, but 300,000 pounds of caught fish at risk

By Dave Bennett, Communications, @ecySW

Fishing Vessel crew is safe and still aboard the Jamie Marie.
No oil has spilled but the 300,000 pound catch is in question.
UPDATE: May 24 8:43 a.m.
Two tugs safely towed the JAMIE MARIE from the beach during high tide early Tuesday morning. The fishing vessel kept its catch and no spills or releases to the environment occurred.

May 23
The US Coast Guard and Ecology are responding to the fishing vessel (F/V) JAMIE MARIE, which ran aground at about 1 a.m. this morning at Ocean Shores.  The 80-foot vessel is reported to have 4,000 gallons of diesel fuel and 60 gallons of lubrication oil on board. It is upright not taking on any water. 

The crew is safe and no oil has been spilled, but as much as 300,000 pounds of Pacific Whiting fish may have to be off-loaded into a vehicle or dumped in order to remove the boat. Pacific Whiting are processed into a variety of seasoned, breaded and battered fish portions and fish fingers and sold into both foodservice and retail outlets around the world.

The crew of the JAMIE MARIE has elected to stay on board to maintain the catch and ready the vessel to be refloated beginning at the 3:30 p.m. high tide. A tug is in place to pull the vessel from the beach during the next high tide at around 2:30 a.m. tomorrow morning just in case the refloat plan fails.

If the vessel cannot be refloated enough to power up and move out to sea, some or all of the fish may have to be removed. A plan is being developed to recover as much of that fish as possible.

Ecology is gathering information to assess potential concerns and impacts of dead fish on the beach.  

Fishing vessel Jamie Marie has run aground at
 Ocean Shores near the previously grounded Privateer.
The vessel’s location is about one-quarter of a mile north of the F/V PRIVATEER, which ran aground just north of the North Jetty on April 15, 2016.  

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