Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Eagle episode ends for Ocean Beauty

Sounds like Ocean Beauty Seafoods is in the clear on those eagles.

You remember this slimy story.

One day in January 2008, a flock of ravenous bald eagles took a deadly dive into a truckload of fish waste at the company's Kodiak processing plant.

It was a stampede in the mire, coating birds in goo that left them vulnerable to the cold. Federal wildlife officials said 23 eagles died with another 29 held for rehabilitation.

Ocean Beauty executives apologized profusely, saying the eagles hit before workers could cover the load for the drive to the town's fishmeal plant.

The company donated $11,000 to bird-care organizations plus fish to feed the recovering eagles.

But federal law protects bald eagles, and Ocean Beauty faced a possible civil or criminal enforcement action.

But that's not going to happen.

Federal prosecutors have decided not to bring a case against Ocean Beauty, Bruce Woods, spokesman for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, told Deckboss today.

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