A fishing vessel spilled approximately 100 gallons of diesel fuel into Tacoma’s Hylebos Waterway early Saturday morning, prompting an emergency response by the Coast Guard and the Washington Department of Ecology and the Tacoma Fire Department.
According to Kathy Davis, an Ecology Department spokeswoman, crews aboard the 195-foot fishing tender “Eastern Wind” spilled the fuel while transferring it from one tank to another.
Davis said environmental damage from the spill was minimized because the vessel’s owner, Trident Seafood, had taken the precautionary measure of placing booms around the vessel during the fuel transfer, as is standard practice.
Emergency responders will use skimmers to help collect the spilled fuel, Davis said. Early signs indicate that most of the spilled diesel is recoverable, she said.