MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Nearly 900 private boats are taking part in the response to the BP oil spill on the Alabama coast, and efforts are being made to make sure more commercial fishing vessels are signed up.
A Coast Guard spokesman, Cmdr. Chuck Diorio, said Tuesday the program known as the "vessels of opportunity" was a victim of its own success when it hurried to sign up private water craft to help deal with the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
At a news conference in Mobile, he said there are 880 vessels working in the program on the Alabama coast are they hope to skew the numbers back toward having more commercial boats than recreational.
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