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An ad hoc work group was established on December 20, 2004, to review available data regarding Aleutian Islands and Bering Sea fisheries that may be impacted by the December 7, 2004 M/V Selendang Ayu oil spill at Unalaska Island. The group consists of experts from state and federal fishery management agencies, environmental health agencies, fisheries biologists, oceanographers, local government and fish marketing organizations.

The group meets regularly to consider all available information regarding the potential impact of the spilled oil to Aleutian Islands and Bering Sea fisheries. Information is being compiled from water quality samples, computer models, and overflight observations to determine areas at risk of oil contamination.

A water quality sampling program is being conducted to determine whether oil is present in areas beyond the immediate spill impact zone. Water intakes at local fish processing facilities will also be sampled to ensure that no oil contamination exists. Water quality sampling in potentially at-risk fishing grounds began on December 25, 2004 and will continue for as long as oil is observed to be in the vicinity of fishery management areas. Results of the vessel observations of oil on water are available at this link.

Public Information Release #1 (12/23/2004, PDF 164K)

Public Information Release #2 (1/4/2005, PDF 160K)
ADF&G Announces Fishery Closures for Makushin Bay (12/27/2004, PDF 86K)
ADEC Threatened Water Body Finding (12/27/2004, PDF 48K)
Seafood Inspection Activities in Response to M/V Selendang Ayu Oil Spill, (posted 1/12/04PDF file 162K)
Recommended Crab Fishery Oil Sampling Procedure (posted 1/13/2005 PDF file 165K)
Operational Procedures For Vessels Participating in the 2005 Opilio Crab Season (posted 1/13/2005 PDF file 156K)
IPHC Notice to Commercial and Recreational Halibut Fishing Vessels Operating in Alaskan State Waters from Cape Kovrizhka South to Umnak Pass (March 3, 2005)
Removal of ADEC Threatened Water Body Designation (added 10/3/2005, PDF 23K)
ADF&G Announces Reopening of Commercial Fishing in Skan and Makushin Bays (10/6/2005, PDF 86K)
Fisheries Water Quality Sampling Program, Summary of Results (added 11/9/2005)
Fact Sheets on Bering Sea/Aleutian Island Fisheries
Makushin Tanner Crab Fishery - Fishery Fact Sheet #1 (PDF 179K)
Unalaska Tanner Crab Fishery - Fishery Fact Sheet #2 (PDF 179K, updated 4/18)
Bering Sea Snow Crab Fishery - Fishery Fact Sheet #3 (PDF 179K, updated 4/18)
Bering Sea/Aleutians Pacific Cod Fishery - Fishery Fact Sheet #4 (PDF 179K, updated 4/18)
Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands Pollock Fishery “A Season” - Fishery Fact Sheet #5 (PDF 178K, updated 4/18)
Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands Pacific Cod Fishery - Trawl - Fishery Fact Sheet #6 (PDF 183K, updated 4/18)
Seafood Safety

Decisions regarding potential closures or delays to upcoming fishery openings will be made based on the best available information at the time. State seafood processing regulations mandate a “zero tolerance” approach to oil-contaminated seafood. Fishery managers will make decisions about fishery closures to ensure that target species, fishing gear, and processing facilities remain 100% free of oil contamination. ADEC Environmental Health personnel will actively monitor processor facilities and conduct sight and smell tests on landed species to ensure that no contaminated fish enter the seafood processing environment.


Seafood Advisory: Seafood Inspection Activities in response to M/V Selendang Ayu oil spill. (1/10/2005, PDF 162K)

Seafood Advisory: Recommended Crab Fishery Oil Sampling Procedure (1/13/2005, PDF 162K)
Seafood Advisory: Advisory For Vessels Participating in the 2005 Opilio Crab Season (1/21/2005, PDF 56K)
Seafood Advisory: Notice To Fishing Vessels Operating In State Waters From Spray Cape South To Umnak Pass (2/25/2005, PDF 56K)
Regulations and Fact Sheets
State of Alaska Regulations for Seafood Processing and Inspection
Fact Sheet: The State of Alaska’s “Zero Tolerance” Regulations for Preventing Oil Contamination of Seafood Products (PDF 38K)
NOAA guidance on Managing Seafood Safety After an Oil Spill
NOAA guidance on Guidance on Sensory Testing and Monitoring of Seafood for Presence of Petroleum Taint Following an Oil Spill
Alaska Tanner Crab Commercial Fishing Statistics
Alaska Groundfish Fisheries News, Outlook, Reports and Catch Statistics
Commercial Fishing Seasons in Alaska
NOAA Alaska Fisheries Regional Office
Alaska Department of Fish and Game Commercial Fisheries