Disgusting smell from rotting fish

Posted: Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Just across Channel Drive from the Juneau Empire is the disgusting sight and smell of rotting salmon, the likes of which I haven't seen since I arrived here in 1989. DIPAC, operators of the hatchery where the fish are heading, has been very proficient in the past about removing the carcasses before the stench becomes so great it will "gag a maggot," but I've recently been told the beach is the responsibility of the city of Juneau or the state of Alaska.

Whatever the case, Alaska can do better than this. Why not hire someone to clean the beach of dead and rotting fish? I have seen workers cleaning the dock, but are we not proud enough of our state to keep areas where tourists frequent clean and free of the odors of rotting fish?

I fish the area very often and have heard comments from tourists who wonder why the hatchery, or whoever, does nothing about the situation. I wonder too.

Charles D. Buggs


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