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Pesticide Spraying
By R.K. Rice


April 25, 2006

For many years the price of Salmon was quite low and one of the reasons was competition from farmed salmon. The past couple of years the price for Alaska salmon, paid to the fisherman, has been considerably higher. One of the main reasons for this has been the public's awareness of the health benefits of wild Alaska salmon vs. chemical fed farmed salmon.

Pesticide spraying in an area where wild salmon are harvested for the commercial market would greatly jeopardize the higher price consumers are willing to pay for wild Alaska salmon. If our state government will not respond to the probability of poisoning the people of Hydaburg who have always harvested fish and berries from Long Island, then maybe put in terms of Dollars they will revoke this permit to poison Long Island and the surrounding area.

There is a legislative teleconference this evening at 6:00 pm (Tues 4/25) in the legislative info office. I am going to go to talk to our representatives and would encourage other concerned citizens to contact their representatives. This is not just about one small area. This is a precedent for the future health of our fisheries and the people of Alaska.


R.K. Rice
Ketchikan, AK - USA

About: R.K. Rice worked as a salmon fisherman in SE Alaska for 20 years and hiked and fished around Long Island before it was "bombed" by Klukwan.


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