A multi-agency team is working to contain and remove fuel from the crab-fishing vessel Deep Sea, which caught on fire and sank last weekend in Penn Cove on Whidbey Island.
The Washington State Department of Ecology is monitoring shoreline areas and testing for possible contamination of marine life. Washington State Department of Health has closed commercial and recreational shellfish harvesting until tests confirm shellfish there are safe to eat.
In the meantime, DNR staff are weighing the best options for salvaging the vessel without causing harm to the environment and the resources in the cove.
The situation in Penn Cove changes frequently. Ecology has created a new web page that provides updated information about the effort.
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