Local News

Evening Star to stay submerged in Slocum Arm

This image, taken from an unmanned submersible, shows the Evening Star’s seine net entangled on the stern anchor. A rock is wedged between the anchor’s flukes. (Photo: Global Diving and Salvage, via ADEC)

The Evening Star will stay at the bottom of Slocum Arm.

That’s the word from the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation about a fishing vessel that sank in the western Chichagof Island waters earlier this month.

The 50-foot Evening Star, home-ported in Sitka, capsized while seining on August 2nd. It was initially in shallow waters but slipped to a depth of nearly 400 feet.

A report from the state’s environmental conservation agency says the vessel released the majority of its fuel when it sank into deeper waters. The boat had about 1,000 gallons of diesel on board, in addition to some lube oil and a hydraulic oil tank. The release of the oil products resulted in a sheen nearly a mile and a half long. It has since dissipated.

No impacts to fish or wildlife were reported.

The stern anchor from a responding vessel was cut loose, and used to sink the boat’s seine net to the sea floor. Depth sounders now show the net at 220 feet below the surface.

The state says crews have retrieved oil containment booms above the wreck, and from the mouth of nearby salmon streams.



Please read our comment guidelines.

Recent News

Sitka dancers ready for sweet ‘Nutcracker’ shows

Sitka Studio of Dance is performing "The Nutcracker" this year. The biannual performance sounds like it will be a real treat this year, with creative food-themed dances. Downloadable audio. more

‘The Geography of Water': A love story to Southeast

A former ranger in the Tongass National Forest has published her first novel, and the story is set on her old turf. Mary Emerick's The Geography of Water springs from the beaches, coves, and bays of Southeast Alaska. more