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dog on fishing nets

We have been making some very exciting progress at CRWP to re-launch our fishing web recycling program! The baler that we purchased with funds from the Rasmuson Foundation to expand recycling capacity has been installed in Cordova and is ready to start baling nets in Spring 2021.

Alaskans use about 800,000 to one million pounds of fishing web in their nets per year.  Most old web gets dumped in community landfills, shortening a landfill’s useful life and adding expense to municipal operations.  Salmon gillnets and seines are made from nylon, which can be re-processed to manufacture new products like telephones, computer parts, toothbrushes, carpeting and bicycle seats, among others.

HOW:

Rules for Recycling Web:

  • Strip of corklines, weedlines, leadlines, and hanging twine.
  • Clean web of any organic matter.
  • Bundle in a piece of scrap web.

WHERE:

Drop-off fishing web at the Baler on Whitshed Road during open Baler hours.

Baler Facility Hours of Operation: Monday – Saturday 7:00 am – 3:30 pm. (907) 424-5600.

Notice: Fishing web is NOT being collected at the harbormaster lot.

instructions how to recycle net

Gillnet Stripping Tutorial

The Copper River Watershed Project is overseeing a fishing web recycling effort that was started by the Cordova District Fishermen United, the Marine Advisory Program, Native Village of Eyak, and the Prince William Sound Science Center.  Funding for the recycling was initially provided by the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

CRWP would like to thank the City of Cordova, Alaska Marine Lines, the Native Village of Eyak, Net Your Problem, and Grundéns for their partnerships in helping us facilitate the Fishing Web Recycling program and the Rasmuson Foundation, Copper River/Prince William Sound Marketing Association, The Alaska Community Foundation, and The Eyak Corporation, for their financial contributions. We couldn’t do it without this support and are very excited to see this program continue to grow!

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