Tuesday, September 25, 2012
A Homer biologist has determined that shells and organic marine debris attached to the jack-up rig “Endeavour” did not survive the trip from Singapore to Cook Inlet waters.
Brian Smith of the Peninsula Clarion reports that David Erikson, senior biologist with URS Corporation, determined that the time “Endeavour” spent in dry dock and out of the water during its about 30-day trip killed its attached marine life and – quote – “substantially reduc(ed) the potential for any non-indigenous or invasive species” to be introduced into Kachemak Bay.
Erikson’s study was paid for by the rig’s owner, Buccaneer Energy, after an oyster found by Homer resident Larry Smith was found aboard the rig and turned over to biologists with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
Erikson wrote in his report that the organisms appeared to be at least a couple of years old and that some of the shells might have been from an earlier period in the rig’s history. He recommended Buccaneer remove loose shell debris from all areas near the rig’s legs to minimize the risk of invasive species.
Ginny Litchfield, area manager of Fish and Game’s habitat division, said the department has received the report and is reviewing it.
As of Monday afternoon, the “Endeavor” was still in the bay, with its legs down, near the Homer Deepwater Dock.