I wasn’t sure where I would place this post. Finally I decided on my blog instead of a local paper. Three or four people may read it here, as if anyone were concerned about finding new businesses locally where even senior citizens could be employed doing something.
Drawing in a new industry to Wrangell to create local jobs in an environmentally friendly way is a sort of Lochness Monster rarely seen, yet with some evidence of existing. Should new fish farms in a district with good location and water between Shoemaker Bay and the old mill site be Wrangell’s way to develop jobs? Would the state sell small fry from the King salmon hatchery a few miles south to an entrepreneur?
Wrangell has underutilized capacity at fish processing that could be filled with fish farm stock. The pathetic news report of just 48,000 extra king salmon for all of S.E. allocated mostly to commercial fisher-persons is caused by Eleatic commercial over-fishing quotas rather than sports and subsistence fishermen taking fish. Regardless of the harm to fisheries health the state always sets too low of escapement and sports and subsistence fishing quotas so the fish numbers invariably dwindle to a fraction of what a free unfettered fish stock naturally is. Therefore the politics may be right for King salmon fish farms at Wrangell to compete with European and South American fish farms as the national supply of King salmon is far less than demand. Creating several stable year-around jobs at Wrangell would be useful for those that want to work.
One of the main objections to salmon farms is fish excrement. U.A.S.E. should lead research to invent a way to filter the fish excrement from water, capture and concentrate it for land farming fertilizer sales. Exports of fertilizer to Washington farmers (if the excrement is good for farming) could be a secondary local business.