There’s some good news today for the shell fish industry in and around Deep Bay.
Divers were in the area Sunday of a so-called “nest” of derelict boats that have been causing pollution fears.
It was a cluster of eight abandoned vessels and two others that had sank. Local shellfish farmers and politicians grew increasingly concerned about one old tugboat in particular.
The Silver King was in danger of sinking and if it did, could have spilled enough fuel and oil in the water that the nearby oyster farms would have been shut down for a year costing the local economy ten-million dollars.
On Sunday, the vessels had been separated and the Silver King was towed away Saturday night. Several boats remain in the bay but are said to be of less concern.