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Pirate fishing vessel in Alaska still awaiting disposal

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Posted: Friday, November 16, 2012 12:37 pm | Updated: 12:09 pm, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

JUNEAU, Alaska - The federal government has yet to dispose of a ship seized for illegal fishing last year.

A spokeswoman for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the process has taken longer than expected. She says there is no firm date yet for when the government will seek bids.

The U.S. Coast Guard seized the Bangun Perkasa in September 2011, after receiving a report that it was fishing illegally with a drift net. Authorities reported finding more than 30 tons of squid and 54 shark carcasses.

Sen. Mark Begich had called for the ship to be sunk.

He said NOAA "could have saved a lot of taxpayer money by cleaning out any oil on board, towing it into deep water far offshore and letting the Coast Guard have some target practice."

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