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Thursday, February 23, 2012

NOAA Fisheries Booze Cruising?

According to US Sen. Scott Brown, NOAA Fisheries purchased a 35' pleasure boat under the guise it was to be used as an undercover vessel to patrol whale watching boats of the Washington state coast. As it turns out the vessel spent much time hosting barbecues onboard, ferrying friends and family across Puget Sound to restaurants and resorts, and for what one person called "a pleasure cruise."

The $300,000 to buy the boat came from the Asset Forfeiture Fund, which is the money from fines collected under the Manguson-Stevens Fisheries Conservation and Management Act.  NOAA also hit the fund up for mooring, fuel and maintenance costs to the tune of another $9,400.

The 35 foot Boston Whaler in question comes standard with a 20-inch flat-screen TV, hardwood cabin floors and vanity counter tops, just what a fisheries patrol boat needs.

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