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ROC the Kenai message needs to be spread

Posted: July 27, 2012 - 9:06am

We think everyone can agree theROC the Kenai group has an admirable idea, but it is time for their message — Respect Our Community — to get to the next level.

Spreading messages about proper fish carcass and trash disposal and respecting the area throughout the dipnet fishery isn’t easy, but all the ingredients for positive change are present.

We have a problem: massive amounts of litter and fish waste lingers on the Kenai and Kasilof beaches with no clear and easy disposal method during the dipnet fishery.

We have an agent of change: the ROC the Kenai volunteer group started by Courtney Stroh is passionate about the issue.

But these youth are frustrated when they have to tell dipnetters they really don’t know where to put the sockeye discards either.

Simply throwing fish in the water leaves them back on the beach at the next tide, throwing the fish waste elsewhere is littering, and transporting waste in bulk to the landfill or transfer station comes with its own challenges. So what now?

Doing nothing certainly won’t help the mess at the mouth of the river.

ROC the Kenai doesn’t have major funding to put in motion its big idea — barging the fish waste out into Cook Inlet where it won’t wash ashore again. Perhaps that’s an idea for oversight agencies to consider. There’s only so much that volunteers armed with trash bags and gloves can handle.

It is time to listen a little more closely to the ideas of these youth who have been out on the beaches helping mitigate the situation. The dipnet fishery isn’t getting any less popular and waiting for a post-season cleanup of the beaches seems long away in the last week of July.

In short: We applaud the ROC the Kenai group for helping with something they feel passionately about. It is not often you see so much effort to clean up a mess left by others. We also urge local politicians, state agencies, governments, dipnetters and residents to listen to the group’s recommendations — they could lead to better in-season dipnet waste management. Everyone can agree clean and healthy beaches and rivers benefit all.

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northernlights 07/27/12 - 07:35 pm

Well for starters, pack your trash back out! that isn't to difficult. I am disgusted and angry over the lazyiness of people. How many signs do you need to pick up your own litter? We are working on the river banks and enforcing that issue. Russina river, earlier in the year before the reds really hit, over 50 lbs of garbage was packed out in less than three weeks. I don't want to get to the point where I am hating people but I am pretty dang close. It looks like a slum along the beaches in Kenai, and most people dont care, at least those who dont live here. Fines and big fines, I am hoping someone can get some grants flowing in so we can hire many extra officers during the summer months here. We are picking up beer cans, and all kinds of trash scattered along the kenai river, what a shame. I am encouraging everyone I know personaly to volunteer, your presence makes a difference. Stream watch is a good start. The hoards are getting bigger and so is the garbage. We wait all winter to enjoy our summers and we shouldnt have to experience this mess.

spwright 07/27/12 - 11:06 pm
Fish Gut Sling Shot ?

You have heard of "Pumpkin Chunking" in Minnesota ?
Monster size Boy's Toys slinging Pumpkins 100's of yards
& lots of drunken Fun in the process.

How about a Fish Gut Sling Shot ?

Build a Massive Sling Shot that will hurl stinking rotten spoiled
Fish Guts out into Cook Inlet.

& make the Dip Net Fishermen that created that sinking mess
gather & load up that Fish Gut Sling Shot & they Buy the Beer also.

Fun & Entertainment for All

SPW in Slooooowdotna

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