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Commercial Fisheries Information

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.

Removal of ADEC Threatened Water Body Designation, added 10/3/2005 (PDF 23K)

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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.

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