Coast Guard, agencies respond to fire and fuel spill in Rich Passage salmon net pen

Coast Guard District 13 NewsSEATTLE – The Coast Guard, Bainbridge Island, Wash., Fire Department, the state department of Ecology and American Gold Seafoods are responding to a fire and potential fuel spill on one of American Gold Seafood’s floating fish-rearing pens in Rich Passage, off Beans Point in Kitsap County, Wash., Thursday.

Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound received a report of the fire from a Washington State Ferry crew at approximately 1:30 a.m. The Bainbridge Island Fire Dept. extinguished the fire, which occured in a small shed on the floating pen. The fire involved an air compressor system. This system has been disconnected from its diesel fuel source, and the diesel fuel source has been secured.

The Coast Guard, Ecology and an environmental contractor hired by American Gold Seafoods are investigating to determine whether and how much fuel may have spilled. The contractor will also clean up debris floating on the water.

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