Coast Guard saves 35 tons of shrimp off Oregon Coast
TILLAMOOK, OR (KPTV) -
The Coast Guard came to the assistance of two fishing boats stranded off the Oregon coast, preventing 35 tons of shrimp from going bad.
They received distress calls on Wednesday from the vessels Granada and Cap Elza. The crews of both boats said they had become disabled off of the coast of Tillamook Bay and Depoe Bay, respectively.
Crews were dispatched to bring the boats and their haul back to shore.
"The commercial fishing industry is a vital part of our regional economy and maritime traditions," said Capt. Bruce Jones, Sector Columbia River Commander. "While the Coast Guard is committed to maintaining its readiness to respond to vessels in distress, we continue to focus on preventing mishaps through robust, responsible vessel maintenance and safety practices. We are fortunate that yesterday's incidents occurred in calm weather, and neither the Coast Guard nor fishing vessels crews were put in danger while towing the disabled vessels across the Tillamook and Depoe Bay bars. That is often not the case."
Coast Guard units along the Oregon coast towed 62 disabled fishing vessels in 2012. The catches from these vessels serve an important economic role for the Pacific Northwest fishing industry, a $13 billion industry.
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