Bald Eagle Deaths Result in Ocean Beauty Incident


SeafoodSource staff

Published on
January 14, 2008

SFB Staff - Ocean Beauty Seafood released a press statement yesterday apologizing for the deaths of 22 bald eagles in Kodiak, Alaska.

The eagles were accidentally killed while attempting to feed on a truckload of fish waste at an Ocean Beauty processing plant on Friday.

As of yesterday 30 birds that survived the incident are close to recovery. However Ocean Beauty today will fly 13 of the surviving eagles to the Bird Treatment and Learning Center in Anchorage.

Workers from the seafood plant and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service washed the birds in dishwashing soap to remove fish oil and the birds spent the night drying out in individual totes in a warehouse space. A local veterinarian is also checking in on the birds.

It has not been determined yet if the company will face any penalties.

Eagles are protected under federal law and killing them is a crime. U.S. Fish and Wildlife officials are investigating the incident.

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