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 purchased and is on its way to Cordova right now. We are working with Grundens to recycle nets into a product that can be used in their new net-sourced line of products. Read the Cordova Times article from 6/8/2020.
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.
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.
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.
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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, but the program is currently intended to be self-sustaining, with funds obtained from web sales going back into the program.
CRWP would like to thank the Copper River/ Prince William Sound Marketing Association, Rasmuson Foundation, The Alaska Community Foundation, The Eyak Corporation, Grundens, and Alaska Marine Lines for their support of the Fishing Web Recycling program in 2020.
Here are the rules: