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Cruise ship discharge leaves fishermen concerned

Posted: February 22, 2013 - 10:09am

There is much ado about House Bill 80 and its address to the discharge of waste matter within the channels, inlets and bays of Alaska’s ports-of-call from the increasing volume of cruise lines.

Several years past the wife and myself were trolling for our winters supply of silver salmon in late August east of the coal docks in Seward. Eventually with not much luck we noticed a flock of gulls hovering and diving not too far behind a huge cruise ship that was docked near the coal facility. It has been our experience to be a good sign of salmon pooling and feeding just below. So we trolled through and round that area and “limited-out” our twelve salmon in less than one and a half hours. The air quality in the area seemed a bit odorous for high tide. We cleaned and scaled our catch pretty good though.

Since then never felt too comfortable about the quality of the fish we harvested especially the bottom varieties like halibut, cod, rock fish and possibly pollock with all the cruise ship waste matter discharge. 

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