National Fisherman

JUNEAU — Some Bristol Bay fishermen sued Monday over the sinking last June and subsequent salvage of the Lone Star, which they say leaked fuel into the water and brought salmon fishing to an early halt.
The fishermen, in a lawsuit filed in state court in Dillingham, claim future fishing seasons are likely to be hurt as well. They also allege negligence in the salvage of the vessel, which they say resulted in salmon waste being spilled into the water and washed ashore, attracting bears that broke into and damaged cabins owned by the fishermen.
The vessel was carrying more than 10,000 gallons of diesel fuel and other petroleum products when it capsized and sank, according to a state Department of Environmental Conservation incident report. The crew reported that the anchor line struck the vessel’s transducer, damaging the hull, before the vessel began taking on water and sank.
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Together, the features detail cumulative effects of threats -- such as overfishing, pollution, and invasive species,  allowing responders to act faster to increase ocean resiliency and sustainability.

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