Fishing Boat Sinks With 2,600 Gallons Of Fuel. Threatening Orca’s.

A fishing vessel sank off the west side of San Juan Island, and a visible sheen has emerged near Sunset Point. The Coast Guard is working with the National Oil Spill Liability Trust fund to minimize the impact on sensitive marine mammals.

Monika Wieland Shields with Orca Behavior Institute told FOX 13 News that the orcas have no way of detecting the spill, adding that one catastrophic oil spill could spell the end of the Southern Residents.

Dr. Deborah Giles told FOX 13 that scientists would use specialized tools to haze orcas away from the hazardous spill.

The U.S. Coast Guard is still on-scene coordinating work with government and industry partners to ensure an efficient and effective containment and recovery response to the spill.

Scientists note that a crude oil spill would have been more catastrophic, but the majority of what spilled on Saturday was diesel fuel. A salvage team will be brought in to minimize the impact.

For more on this story, please consider these sources:

  1. Vessel carrying 2,600 gallons of fuel, oil sinks near San Juan Island – The Seattle Times
  2. Fishing vessel carrying 2,600 gallons of fuel sinks off San Juan Island – KING 5
  3. Coast guard monitoring oil spill off southern Vancouver Island – CBC
  4. Scientists concerned about orcas after diesel, oil spill near San Juan Island – Fox 13 Seattle