COOS BAY, Ore. (AP) -- A small retail fish market and seafood processing facility in Bandon has been fined more than $208,000 for what state regulators say were numerous water quality permit violations over the past five years.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality says the $208,554 fine against Bandon Pacific Inc. is the 11th largest penalty the agency has ever issued.

The DEQ found the company had committed more than 4,000 violations of Oregon water quality law between 2004 and this year.

Bandon Pacific is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dulcich Inc., a Portland-area company which operates under the business name Pacific Seafood Group.

Company officials denied allegations leading to the fine, and said they believed the state had authorized the way it monitored its operations. Bandon Pacific plans to appeal the fine.

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