UNALAKSA, Alaska (AP) — About 80 huge fishing nets from the Aleutian Island city Unalaska are on their way to Denmark, where a company will recycle the retired gear into plastic pellets.
Alaska's Energy Desk reported Monday that the nets weigh between 5,000 to 20,000 pounds (2,270 to 9,070 kilograms) each, making it difficult to ship them — or even find a place to take them. But the company Plastix, based in Copenhagen, Denmark, is up for the haul.
CEO Axel Kristensen says it seems unreasonable to just throw the nets away. Kristensen says Plastix is the only company in the world recycling fishing nets the way it does.
Boaters will package the nets into shipping containers with the help of Trident Seafoods and Plastix is paying for the shipping.