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Posted: Wednesday, May 29, 2002

Ninilchik beaches should not be dumping ground for fish carcasses

During the past week as the halibut season has gotten very busy on the Deep Creek beaches, charter boat operations out of Ninilchik again are discarding hundreds of their halibut carcasses on the beaches just south (1/4 to 1/2 mile) below where their boats are launched by the tractor operation, so they do not have to deal with the mess!

As the tide comes in and out, it distributes these carcasses all over the beach. For the many sport fisherman with small boats that launch their own boats as I do, we are now having to wade through the slimy and smelly bodies of these halibut carcasses.

There was a time in the past where this was not allowed by the state. I again wish the state would prohibit this dumping. Once onshore these carcasses become a real problem to deal with as they are not easily deposed.

Some charter operations clean their fish in Cook Inlet as they are heading back to the beach, which in most cases is possible when the weather is good.

Charter boat operators of Ninilchik, please find a solution to this public problem. Your help would be appreciated!

Bud Crawford

Kenai



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