Marine Debris Program -
With the support of the Native Village of Port Heiden with the use of heavy equipment, and the City of Port Heiden for landfill fees and storage, Port Heiden has managed to maintain the marine debris program. Also the hard work and effort the crew puts into our Marine Debris program. Alaskans for Litter Prevention and Recycling (ALPAR) donate bags which the crew use to collect small debris. Super sacks for the bigger debris are also used which helps with the transporting of the debris.
The crew begin the season at the Old Meshik Landfill which is the closest site. The crew work here for about a week and get the hang of marine debris and weather.
Crew then move on to Ship Creek and Hook lagoon which is farther from Port Heiden and also a critical habitat area. The crew’s main focus is on these two sites.
After the fishing season comes to an end, Scott Anderson, Environmental director, uses his f/v MY GIRLS to travel across the bay to our two other critical habitat areas known as Stroganoff Point and Unangashak.
With the tremendous work our crew does, they manage to collect thousands of debris each and every year. Making our beaches that much safer and cleaner for future generations.
Backhaul - Backhaul has played another major part in the Environmental Department. In the past crews have stacked and shrink wrapped e-waste and batteries. In August, Desert Air had arrived to ship off much of the e-waste that was ready for shipment, in total of 4,963 lbs. In September, Everts Air had made a few trips here to transfer some batteries. Everts had shipped a total of 3000 lbs. of batteries. Slowly but surely our backhaul inventory is decreasing over the years.