Local fisherman outlines harbor concerns

Randy Smith owns and captains the F/V MISTASEA, a fishing vessel moored in the Crescent City Harbor. As sometimes happens, Smith encountered a mechanical breakdown while crabbing, three weeks ago. Apparently, F/V MISTASEA lost rudder control and possibly broke the drive shaft. Smith needed immediate assistance. With the help of his brother crabbers, Fashion Blacksmith, and several very knowledgeable marine diver experts, Smith was able to ease his vessel back into the Harbor; that’s the good news. F/V Mistasea was unable to be lifted onto the excavator at Fashion Blacksmith pier because of the tide level, and the buildup of mud and sludge due to zero dredging since 2013 allowed this immediate crisis to escalate. Photos, >click to read< 07:42

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