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No danger of invasive species on oil rig, biologist says

A biologist hired by Buccaneer Energy to examine its Endeavour-Spirit of Independence oil rig for attached invasive species possibly brought from Asia says that any crustaceans attached to the rig did not survive the trans-Pacific journey. From the Peninsula Clarion:

In a report made available to the Clarion on Thursday, David Erikson, senior biologist with URS Corporation, determined that based on his inspection of the rig, the time the Endeavour spent in dry dock and out of the water during its about 30-day trip aboard the Kang Sheng Kou was the "dominant factor" in killing the attached marine biota thus "substantially reducing the potential for any non-indigenous or invasive species" to be introduced into Kachemak Bay, where the rig is currently....

Ginny Litchfield, area manager of Fish and Game's habitat division, said the department has received the report and is reviewing it.

Read more at the Clarion: Biologist says shells on rig contain no life, no invasive species; Fish and Game mum