Just an FYI here, plus your comments.
I just spoke with Ricky Gease of the Kenai Sportfishing Association concerning the salmon carcass issue that is becoming an increasing problem in attracting bears on the Russian River. As some of you know, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, together with the parks folks, is suggesting that we chop our salmon carcasses up into small pieces before we toss them back in the river. The intent of this is to reduce the attraction to bears that prowl the banks looking for these carcasses.
Last year I suggested in this forum that we consider using hand-grinders to reduce these carcasses to pulp before we put them back into the river. These grinders could be installed at each fish cleaning station, and I think they would work well for their intended purpose. I even mentioned it to Craig Medred over the phone (he writes outdoor stuff for the Anchorage Daily News). But I was disappointed that some of the folks in this forum, and Mr. Medred as well, rejected the idea. Medred's position was more focused on controlling people than on dealing with the fish waste issue; he just didn't think the fish waste problem was much of a problem (or so he told me).
Now I see that we're being asked to chop up our salmon carcasses; an idea I support. But it's not working. I was just there two days ago, and nearly nobody is chopping up the carcasses. Consequently we're seeing buildups of this material all over the place, and it's just business as usual. I'm still seeing them laying on the banks where folks filleted their fish, etc. We're training bears to come to the places we fillet our salmon. So, I'm looking at this issue again, and trying to find a way to help clean it up.
So... it appears that others are thinking the same thing. The Kenai Sportfishing Association appears to be moving toward securing funding for grinding stations along the Russian, the Kasilof, both banks of the Kenai River, Ninilchik, Deep Creek, and other popular locations. I also spoke with some representatives with ADFG and was told that there is a process under way to move that direction, but it appears to be getting tangled up with bureaucratic red tape. The fish cleaning stations on the Russian this year were apparently provided by a hunting organization (I think he said it was Safari Club, but I could be mistaken).
My question to you folks is this. What if we took donations to place a couple of grinders down there as an experiment, to see if it works? Let's cut through the red tape and just "git 'er done", shall we? I will post a poll on this to see what sort of interest there might be.