Do you know the term “sinking your empties”?
I didn’t until Rudy Socha of Wounded Nature --- Working Veterans told me about it. And what he said sickened me.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve seen cans and bottles at the bottom of the lakes that I fish and rivers that I float. I didn’t like it, but I attributed it to thoughtless behavior by a few slobs who aren’t going to change, no matter what anyone says or does to try to change their minds.
Now, it appears, many outdoor recreationists --- including fishermen --- are tossing their beer cans and bottles overboard, knowing that it’s wrong, but doing so anyway. They are more concerned about not getting charged with driving-under-the-influence should marine patrol officers search their boats and find empties aboard.
It’s not they are actually intoxicated, the feeble excuse goes. It’s just that they don’t want to give the “mistaken” appearance that they are with a boat full of bottles and cans.
So let’s see if I have this right: They’re driving boats and they’re drinking alcohol, but they really don’t pose a risk to others, so they must trash our waters to avoid being wrongly accused.
Socha contacted Activist Angler, as well as other web sites and publications, in hopes of finding a solution to this growing problem. He learned about this trashing of our fisheries through the work that his organization does, cleaning up rural beaches and islands via houseboats and employing veterans.
I asked him to provide evidence that “sinking your empties” is an actual strategy employed by anglers and others. He did, which I’ll write about in future posts.
He also said this, “Start asking people at marinas how many of their boater friends never bring back empties because of fear of a DUI check at the docks.
“It’s funny because, when you phrase the question like that, most boats will start talking and some will actually start naming other boats.
“I have asked a lot of boaters, from Florida to New York. Now in defense of boaters and fishermen, some do not even drink or bring beer with them and others would never litter. But start asking on your own and I think you will be surprised.”
Please, help stop this practice that trashes our waters for a reason that is beyond stupid in its deranged logic.
Also, share with Activist Angler and/or Wounded Nature any examples that you can provide about “sinking your empties.” Ideas for solutions to the problem would be appreciated as well.