Wrangell Sentinel -

By Dan Rudy 

Tons of old nets to be sent south for reprocessing


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Workers with Wrangell Cooperative Association's IGAP office prepare nets for transport in April 2015. The gillnets the program collects get sent down with those collected by Petersburg's IGAP for reprocessing, where the netting's nylon fibers find new industrial uses.

A big batch of old gillnets is being shipped south for reprocessing.

The Indian Environmental General Assistance Program (IGAP) offices in Wrangell and Petersburg planned to send several container loads this week to a Seattle-area processor for reuse.

In all, the work of preparing the nets for transport took about two weeks. Wrangell's IGAP hired on temporary laborers this spring to help move, clip and sort through the collected nets. Weed, cork and lead lines were removed from them, with some of the reusable materials held aside for interested fishermen.

"They're pretty cleaned up for us,"...

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