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Pirate Fishing Vessel
By Olney Webb


October 07, 2011

This vessel is a hazmat bomb. Fuel oil, lube oil, refrigeration chemicals.

Who's going to pay for that?

Olney Webb
webb [at]
Ketchikan, AK

Received October 06, 2011 - Published October 07, 2011


Sink Rat-Infested Pirate Fishing Vessel says Begich; Seized ship poses threat to seabirds, wildlife; should be scuttled - The Bangun Perkasa engaged in pirate fishing was seized by the U.S. Coast Guard on September 15, some 2,600 miles southwest of Kodiak with more than 10 miles of illegal driftnets on board. High seas driftnets have been banned globally since 1992 for their indiscriminate killing of fish, marine mammals and seabirds. The vessel also had 30 tons of squid in its holds and about 30 shark carcasses. Later brought to Dutch Harbor, the ship’s 22-member crew was brought to shore and remain in custody but the vessel remains anchored miles offshore because of an infestation of rats. - More...
Wednesday - October 05, 2011


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