Fish Waste Composting Offers Alternative to Landfill Disposal
July 21, 2016
The subsistence harvest of salmon is an intense occupation in Bristol Bay during the fishing season. Harvesters take fish heads, bones, and guts to the Dillingham landfill collection bin, where it attracts bears due to the strong odor. The waste currently is buried at the landfill. The compost project is a “proof of concept” which illustrates that fish waste can produce a usable soil amendment for local gardeners.
Gabe Dunham, Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory agent in Bristol Bay
To share the results of the project, Dunham hosted a public composting demonstration in 2015 and a workshop earlier this month. In future years, Dunham expects to coordinate volunteer maintenance of the site to continue to produce compost for local gardeners. The product contributes to the local economy by supporting locally grown food and replacing the cost of importing pre-made compost.
The fish waste composting project was implemented with a grant from the Alaska Coastal Impact Assistance Program in partnership with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and National Fisheries Institute. The City of Dillingham donated the site for the project.
Edited by Mary Kauffman, SitNews
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