Coast Guard finds evidence of oil discharge by fishing boat

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says it found evidence a Seattle-based fishing boat discharged oil and bilge waste overboard.

    The Coast Guard says the vessel Mark I was seen earlier this month about 100 miles off Cape St. James, British Columbia with a roughly 26-mile oil sheen trailing it.

    According to a release, Coast Guard investigators boarded the boat in Dutch Harbor, Alaska. The boat was deemed to pose a "substantial threat."

    The release states that the vessel was ordered to perform "marine environmental actions and cleanup." A message seeking details on that was left with the Coast Guard Thursday.

    The Mark I is identified as an 88-foot fishing boat.

    The Coast Guard says vessels documented in the U.S. are barred from discharging oil or oil water anywhere they may sail.

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