Islands' Oil Spill Association (IOSA) has been working under the command of the US Coast Guard and WA Department of Ecology and providing extensive support to the ongoing FV ALEUTIAN RESPONSE on the west side of San Juan Island. So far, most of that help has been in the form of staging or delivering equipment to support the response contractors on scene.
While there is little actual pollution response required at the moment, there is the potential for a larger spill should the fuel on board the ALEUTIAN ISLE release before the vessel is able to be recovered. Out of an abundance of caution, IOSA is ensuring even more equipment is ready and available, and is working to gauge responder availability in the event a larger response is required or help is needed to move equipment during the staging effort.
IOSA would like any volunteers who might be available to pitch in to help over the next week or so to complete THIS SURVEY to indicate their availability. The work would not be for the entire week, but would probably just be for a few hours at most on a handful of occasions. All work would be on San Juan Island.
Filling this form doesn't commit you to a specific time or task, but does mean that you'll be in the area over the next week and may have some flexibility to respond if needed. Anyone signing up should be physically fit and able to perform fairly strenuous physical work outdoors- most likely involving moving heavy oil spill response boom.
If you sign up, we'll keep you updated if there's a need, but please know that this is just planning at the moment, and there may end up not being a need for volunteers. Again, the survey is online HERE.
- Sept 22: Aleutian Isle no longer significant threat to environment in the San Juan Islands
- Sept. 21 Update: Aleutian Isle on barge, 40 days after sinking to 200-foot depth
- Sept. 20 Aleutian Isle Update: Vessel moved to shallower Mitchell Bay, dewatering and rerigging underway
- Update 10: Further Aleutian Isle lifting operations postponed due to weight
- Aleutian Isle successfully raised to surface; no whales in area
- Lifting of the Aleutian Isle underway
- UPDATE 9: Final preparations underway for lifting fishing vessel Aleutian Isle
- Sept. 12 Update: Aleutian Isle recovery efforts
- Sept 9 Update: Rigging Aleutian Isle for lift will take a few more days
- Sept. 4 Update Aleutian Isle: Wreck cleared of entanglements; rigging begun
- Sept. 2 Aleutian Isle Update: All valves and vents closed off by divers
- Sept. 1: Divers removing netting from wreck of Aleutian Isle
- Aleutian Isle lying on starboard side 200 ft down; TFR extended to Oct. 15
- Boaters asked to abide by safety zone restrictions near wreck site
- Aleutian Isle incident: Equipment on site, recovery will take 10 days once started
- U.S. and Canadian crews conduct transboundary whale deterrents drill
- August 25 Update: No sheen observed
- UPDATE #7: Efforts to bring sunken fishing boat up expected to begin Friday
- County Council met with response team last week; recording available
- Update 6: Specialized diving equipment will take a few days to arrive
- Coast Guard plans to remove entire FV Aleutian Isle from ocean floor
- 10 years ago, SeaDoc Society created a plan used today to keep orcas out of an oil spill
- Coast Guard Update 4: No marine, terrestrial, or airborne wildlife appear to have been affected
- Coast Guard Update 3: Depth of sunken boat increases difficulty for divers, ROV brought in, nets recovered
- Coast Guard Monday evening Update: Boat now in 200 ft of water
- Coast Guard, partner agencies respond to pollution incident after fishing vessel sinks off San Juan Island
- August 13: An "epic" encounter with J, K, and L pods
- Coast Guard Update: Divers on scene assessing possible defueling of sunken fishing boat
- Sunday evening update from Coast Guard about sunken fishing boat
- Opportunity lost
- San Juan County's view of diesel/oil spill situation
- Hotline to report sighting of oiled wildlife - 1-800-22-BIRDS.
- Coast Guard update on diesel/oil spill off of San Juan Island
- Diesel/oil spill off Sunset Point west side of San Juan Island