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RBCA potluck will honor volunteers


Resurrection Bay Conservation Alliance

RBCA volunteers celebrate the end of busy day collecting debris.

A volunteer appreciation potluck is planned by Resurrection Bay Conservation Alliance (RBCA) for 6 p.m. Jan. 20 at Resurrect Art Coffee House. The evening will also include two films.

The evening is intended to show RBCA’s appreciation for the dedicated volunteers who assisted with the groups local projects and events. Everyone is invited, whether a volunteer, member or just wanting to socialize. Those attending are asked to bring a favorite dish; snack, appetizer or dessert. RBCA will provide some beverages, but more beverages are welcomed.

The featured films will be:

“Caring for the Coast” is a locally-produced film that documents a major beach cleanup completed by RBCA and Kenai Fjords National Park in 2009. NPS funding allowed RBCA to hire the M/V Norseman to shuttle 30 volunteers and collect marine debris from remote beaches on the park’s exposed coast. NPS’ Jim Pfeiffenberger crafted the fun and engaging film (15 minutes) that shows the reality of a constant flow of trash onto our beaches, while also depicting the adventure and teamwork that has been effective in keeping the issue in check locally. A recent e-mail from the U.S. Department of the Interior reads, “Congratulations to the members of …the Marine Debris Removal Project Team on receiving the Coastal America 2011 Spirit Award. The award recognizes… your efforts to create a cooperative and ongoing program to improve the coastline of the Park and gain knowledge about the widespread marine debris issue.”

“Trashing Your Livelihood” is a film made by the Alaska Marine Safety Education Association and is designed to educate fishermen and inform the public about the impacts of lost gear on marine wildlife. Alaskan fishers deserve recognition for maintaining the most productive fishery in the world. This film aims to make this good reputation become even better. The film illustrates how lost nets, line and hooks can and do have significant negative impacts on wildlife and beaches. This 16-minute film methodically covers all aspects of the issue with great footage and content.


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