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By Dan Rudy 

Wrangell sees net improvement

 

Dan Rudy/ Wrangell Sentinel

Trevor Kellar begins stenciling "Net Recycling" onto the new receptacle for discarded gill nets Friday. Located at Wrangell's landfill, the bin is part of a new recycling program through WCA-IGAP that will allow fishermen to discard nets properly at no cost to themselves.

There's finally a place to put discardable gill nets in Wrangell, perhaps at last solving a problem that has been hassling the island.

In a recent survey, Wrangell Cooperative Association's Indian General Assistance Program (WCA-IGAP) found that illegal dumping was residents' number-one environmental concern. Among the items being abandoned, old gill nets were a particularly troublesome issue.

"It has been a problem in the past," said Ruby McMurren, project supervisor at Wrangell Public Works. "Nets were being dumped everywhere," she added, getting tangled up with garbage in collection bins...



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