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October 22, 2013     Sitka wants fleet input on new haul out                          Sawmill Cove Industrial Park, Sitka Credit:

 This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Sitka wants input on a new boat haul out.  More after this —

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 Plans are in the works at Sitka for a bigger boat haul out and other marine related waterfront development at the Sawmill Cove Industrial Park.

 We’ve been hearing from the community for years that they would like to see our haul out capabilities expanded and our marine services expanded a bit.  

 Garry White is executive director of the Sitka Economic Development Association.

 Currently the largest haul out we have in town is an 88 ton lift – and we are hearing from a lot of of the fleet, especially the tender boats and some of the larger boats that they can’t be hauled out here in town and the fleet has to go elsewhere to get serviced and they would like to stay here in town to get that done.   

White says the Association wants  feedback on shaping the marine projects  –

 Basically, we want to see what folks want to see in this haul out. Our board of directors has an idea but not all are involved in the fishing industry and the fleet has needs and we want to hear what those needs are.  

The group is hoping to get ideas from a Sitka Marine Industry Development Survey. 

 First thing we’re at is what size haul out should we put in to meet the fleet’s needs; what other services are needed, such as sand blasting, bottom painting, diesel work  … a lot of those industries exist here in town but we are trying to figure out how we can broaden that to meet all our needs at the same time.  

 Sitka’s commercial fishing fleet is the largest in Southeast Alaska at  631 registered vessels.  White says the City and Borough also operate the largest harbor system in Alaska with  five moorage basins and more than 13-hundred  permanent slips, plus transient moorage space. 

 We’re on the outside of Southeast Alaska facing the Pacific Ocean. There  is a lot of traffic that comes through Sitka on their way to othere fisheries or come here for the fisheries. So we want to hear from those boats in Puget Sound and other parts of Southeast Alaska that  have a need, may want to pop in here and get some work done, or if they have some emergency we want to hear what they think should happen in Sitka.  

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