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AK PENINSULA/BECHAROF: Refuge's Own Orville Lind now a Captain
Alaska Region, May 30, 2012
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Captain Orville Lind on RV Refuge Runner.
Captain Orville Lind on RV Refuge Runner. - Photo Credit: USFWS/Julia Pinnix

Captain Orville Lind recently completed all requirements to earn his 100 Ton Masters Merchant Mariner Credentials for operation of our research vessel Arlluk. In 2011, he apprenticed with Captain Linn Foust for completion of the required sea-time to obtain his license. Captain Lind will operate the Arlluk full time this summer along the Pacific coast, supporting a wide variety of missions.
As a former commercial fisherman and captain on the Pacific side of the Peninsula, Lind has the local knowledge of the coastline that is valuable to refuge operations.

We also plan to bring our smaller boat, the Refuge Runner, into operation on Becharof Lake. Both boats are expected to expand opportunities for staff to reach refuge lands where we have had limited access before, as well as providing support for law enforcement
and for ecological and biological research.

Contact Info: Julia Pinnix, 907-246-1211, Julia_Pinnix@fws.gov
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