DNR’s Deep Sea response manager honored

Melissa Ferris, manager of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources Derelict Vessel Removal Program, has been honored for her leadership of the department’s response to the sinking and retrieval of the vessel Deep Sea in Penn Cove earlier this year.

In announcing the Supernova Award, which honors outstanding performance, Washington Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark praised the leadership and expertise that Ferris displayed.

“Melissa’s leadership, technical expertise and problem-solving approaches exemplify what DNR employees have to offer,” said Goldmark, who also leads DNR.

In mid-May, the fishing vessel Deep Sea caught fire and sank in 60 feet of water. DNR officials worked with local, state and federal agencies to remove the vessel to prevent serious damage to the local environment, including nearby shellfish beds.

In 2009, Ferris received a Meritorious Public Service Award from the United States Coast Guard.

The award and medal recognized Ferris for her outstanding commitment to keeping Washington’s waters safe and clean.


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