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By Dan Rudy 

IGAP net catch heads for processing


Dan Rudy/ Wrangell Sentinel

Jana Wright, Perry Butler and Linda Churchill prepare nets for shipment April 8. Over 3,300 pounds of old gill nets were collected from local fishermen by the local IGAP office, which will then be sent to Slovenia via Petersburg for recycling.

A collection drive begun last August by Wrangell's Indian Environmental General Assistance Program (IGAP) has brought in quite a haul: about 3,300 pounds of discarded gill netting, brought in by area fishermen for recycling.

A survey conducted last year by Wrangell Cooperative Association (WCA) found that illegal dumping was a top environmental issue among residents. Among the items being abandoned around the island's lots and roadsides, old gill nets were a particularly knotty issue.

City sanitation facilities are not suited to handle netting along with other garbage, as the nets tend to b...

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