Casey Moss Homer, Alaska, Born 1983

I do remember being out on my father's fishing boat and going out on the bay, here -- Kachemak Bay -- and going along and seeing this kind of glob in the water.  We pulled up beside it and one of the deckhands leaned over, and kind of picked it up, and it's just like this gob of goo, basically.  And so I remember that.  It was sort of like, "whoa."  Being from a fishing community, you realize that it's all kind of interconnected, but it also seems like Kachemak Bay should be a little bit disconnected from it [Prince William Sound] as well.  You don't expect it to really affect here as much as it is affecting over there.

Photo courtesy Pat & Chris Moss


I think there’s a lot of anger that goes along with it because of the stupidity of the situation in and of itself.  I mean there’s no reason in the world that it should have ever happened. . . Anger in the community at how this has happened and how it is going to affect a fishing community’s livelihood.

But I remember hearing that some of the seals that were recovered were taken over to the Cove -- Halibut Cove -- and brought back and released back into the wild.  Some of them were around for a while, a long time.  I remember seeing Cinco around in the harbor and whatnot.  He was a pup when it happened.  They found him and rehabilitated him and he was hanging out in Kachemak Bay. . . you've got little rays of hope in the middle where it's like okay, this has returned to what it once was.  This is back out there where it should be, how it should be. So it kind of what you can get out of it.

photo courtesy Pat and Chris Moss

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