The state Department of Ecology has agreed to suspend $30,000 of a $67,500 penalty it levied on Seattle’s Trident Seafoods Corp. for a 232-gallon oil spill into Tacoma’s Hylebos Waterway.
The suspension is contingent on the seafood company’s continued environmental auditing of its vessels and its avoiding further spills greater than 25 gallons.
The spill happened on Oct. 15, 2011 when fuel was being transferred aboard Trident’s 195-foot fishing tender vessel Eastern Wind. The fuel spilled into the Hylebos Waterway when a tank overflowed.
The spill was contained by floating boom that had been positioned around the vessel as a …