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The Nation | IN BRIEF / ALASKA

Officials Monitor Water Quality After Fuel Spill

December 19, 2004|From Times Wire Reports

State conservation officials plan to monitor the water quality off Unalaska Island to determine whether fuel spilled from a grounded freighter will affect Bering Sea fisheries scheduled to open next month.

Makushin and Skan bays are home to a tanner crab fishery scheduled to open Jan. 15. The 738-foot Selendang Ayu broke in half near those bays after running aground Dec. 8.

An unknown amount of fuel and soybeans have spilled out of the ship's remains, darkening the sea and washing ashore.

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