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Boat’s grounding points up risks of fishing fleet’s labor practices

  • COAST GUARD

    Crews continued work on Nov. 4 to salvage the Pacific Paradise from the reef at Waikiki a month after the 79-foot longline fishing boat ran aground with 19 foreign workers and a U.S. captain aboard. A sheen of either diesel fuel or hydraulic oil has been observed around the boat, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

  • ASSOCIATED PRESS

    A swimmer looked Wednesday at the Pacific Paradise, a commercial fishing vessel that ran aground Oct. 10 off Kaimana Beach. The fishing boat was transporting foreign workers to Hawaii when it struck the reef off Waikiki.

  • ASSOCIATED PRESS

    The Pacific Paradise has been slowly leaking oil and diesel fuel into waters frequented by beachgoers and endangered species.

Just offshore from Waikiki’s Kaimana Beach, a fishing boat transporting foreign workers destined for low-paying jobs in Hawaii’s fishing fleet lodged itself on the reef last month. Read more

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