Just where does your boat sewage go?

Did you know that the Clean Water Act prohibits the discharge of raw sewage from a vessel within three nautical miles of the U.S. coast?
As the summer boating season approaches and more boats are utilizing coastal harbors, it will be important to keep your sewage management strategy in mind. Where do you dump your sewage if your boat has a marine head? Do the harbors you visit offer pumpout facilities?

Erin’s Law: An overdue ounce of prevention

We were lucky, my sister and I. As kids, we were inseparable and had that built-in buddy system not all kids have. Still, we had some close calls. Our parents were more reactive than proactive. Had we known the reasoning behind their reactions, we would have been better equipped.

E-waste: improving in local communities

Despite difficult logistics, rural communities across Kachemak Bay participated in last month’s Electronics Recycling Day – Over 5,000 pounds of E-waste collected and recycled!
Since 2006, Homer has benefitted from electronics recycling opportunities each April, providing local residents a cost-effective and convenient way to ensure that their potentially hazardous materials would not be placed in the ground, or trucked to another landfill to be dumped with regular household trash. Cook Inletkeeper, a local non-profit environmental organization based in Homer, has taken the lead in organizing the annual electronic waste (e-waste) collection events since 2011, and recently hosted the 10th annual Homer Electronics Recycling Event on April 25.

The Homer Prevention Project: A Look Back

“Seventy-eight percent of Homer area adults have two or fewer drinks on days they do drink alcohol.” For many community members the appearance of this statistic on their daily cup of coffee was their first introduction to the Homer Prevention Project. Now entering the last few months under its current grant funding, the coalition looks back on its journey.

Some wildlife managers should consider Native ways

In a recent Alaska Dispatch News article (May 7) on a newly formed co-management organization, the Kuskokwim River Inter-tribal Fisheries Commission, Lisa Demer reported that some tribal members expressed discontent with state and federal management “which didn’t always understand village life and village people.”
Co-management of wild resources is based on a “meaningful role” for indigenous Alaskans as defined in Section 801 of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA). In the Y-K Delta, co-management has operated for years in organizations like the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta Regional Advisory Council and The Kuskokwim River Salmon Management Working Group among others. So the Yupik Inter-tribal Fisheries Commission respondents know whereof they speak when they express concerns that village people have been misunderstood or outright marginalized by state or federal managers.

Kachemak Crane Watch launches new website

The sandhill cranes are back, and viewing action of cranes, shorebirds and songbirds is going full tilt. The most accessible place to watch sandhill cranes is on the boardwalk below the Islands and Ocean Visitor Center. The Beluga Slough has hosted three nesting pairs in the wetlands by the boardwalk for the past couple of years. Feeding, dancing and other behaviors are often close enough to the boardwalk to get good photographs.
Kachemak Crane Watch is pleased to announce the launching of its new, updated website. We still have a couple of buttons to activate, but other than that, the new version is up and running. You will find lots of crane photos in our photo gallery and a link to our Youtube playlist of sandhill crane videos. Please share with your friends and families. Who knows you just might turn someone into a craniac!

Fisheries Board needs equal voice for personal-use/sport anglers

Many of the folks who choose to live in Alaska are here for quality of life opportunities, especially the opportunity to hunt and fish.
More than half of all Alaskans live in the Cook Inlet Region, where the Kenai River supports the state’s largest sport and personal-use fisheries.
This one magnificent river puts food in family freezers, cash in hundreds of registers and life-long memories for hundreds of thousands of residents and visitors.

Connecting the coast; bycatch in the Bering Sea

A small but formative fraction of my life has been spent gazing out salt-sprayed windows at rugged terrain and open ocean. My father’s silhouette was always incorporated in the scenery, reflected on the glass that shielded our fragile flesh from the elements. As he sat in the helm seat, occasionally leaning forward to alter our course or to study charts that he had known longer than he knew me, I looked out the window and absorbed what it meant to be a fisherman.

What is Homer doing to prevent disaster?

After a disaster happens, there are often comments and criticism about what could/should have been done to prevent it. Of course, hindsight is 20/20, but when you look around our community, what makes you wish that “something was being done” to prevent a disaster?
What makes you think “If ___ doesn’t occur to prevent ___ , then it’s only a matter of time until ___ happens.”
This is especially true with this weekend’s collapse of Kachemak Drive. It highlights the vulnerability of the area roads near the bluffs. What else causes a threat to the community in the short-term or long-term that we could work towards reducing or mitigating the risk or impact?

Stosh Anderson misrepresents Magnuson-Stevens reauthorization

The April 8 opinion piece by Stosh Anderson, “Don Young seeks to unwind ‘Alaska Model’ for fisheries in Magnuson-Stevens Act,” fails to represent the facts of the legislation I introduced to reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.
To set the record straight, I have always applauded and supported the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council for creating an unparalleled system of fisheries management. Through foresight and willingness, our fisheries managers have developed and implemented a management system that is considered the envy of the world, dubbed the “Alaska Model.”
This system has worked extremely well in Alaska, due to annual stock assessments that provide up-to-date information to fishery managers — a necessary tool for implementing an adaptive management system that allows for the optimal conservation and use of our fishery resources.

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