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After months sitting abandoned in Unalaska, the state announced on Dec. 22 its intention to dispose of the F/V Akutan.

 

The processor was abandoned in Unalaska’s Captains Bay in September following a disastrous fishing season in Bristol Bay where the ship’s owner went broke, the crew went unpaid, and it’s 158,000 pound haul of salmon was declared unfit for human consumption.

 

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After months sitting abandoned in Unalaska, the state announced Friday its intention to dispose of the fishing vessel Akutan.

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Come October, Unalaska’s finance department will have two new employees. Clay Darnell of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma will be the new finance director and current City Clerk Cat Hazen will become the controller.

Darnell has served as the assistant controller for the city of Tulsa, Oklahoma for nearly a decade. He also is an adjunct professor in accounting.

Hazan has been city clerk for the last three years. Prior to that, she spent a decade as a senior accountant in the city's finance department.

Both Darnell and Hazen begin their new positions October 16.

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Updated post: 9/14 at 2:45 p.m.

The F/V Akutan no longer has a crew and the ship's 130,000 pounds of salmon has been offloaded.

The processor has been anchored in Unalaska’s Captains Bay since late August and there’s no indication the boat will be leaving soon.

 

“The reality of it is, there's just a huge legal ball that needs to be worked through before any real decision can be made,” said Unalaska Ports Director Peggy McLaughlin.

 

F/V Akutan Stays Afloat

Aug 24, 2017
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The F/V Akutan is no longer in immediate danger of sinking. That’s according to the U.S. Coast Guard, which organized a slew of agencies to stabilize the listing vessel and remove pollutants over the weekend.

Petty Officer Meredith Manning said the unified command came together to stop the boat from spilling fuel, oil, and other chemicals into Unalaska’s Captain’s Bay.