Salmon Being Caught At Three Tree Point; But Where Can Fisherfolk Relieve Themselves?
Pink and Coho Salmon are invading Puget Sound on their annual migration to breeding grounds in area rivers, which means that suddenly it’s really pretty easy to catch a decent fish (usually a Pink) right from Burien’s shorelines.
Publisher/Editor Scott Schaefer captured the following photos of numerous fisherfolk on the north beach of Three Tree Point Sunday night:
SOME RESIDENTS UPSET
Despite the ease of catching salmon from area beaches this time of year, it doesn’t come without a cost – waterfront residents have been complaining to the city of Burien that the 20-30 or more fisherfolk who spend the day at the beach casting for salmon have nowhere to relieve themselves; nor are there sufficient trash facilities. Some are requesting that portable toilets be installed, while others want the city to enforce parking restrictions or even close the beach to public access entirely, since the sportsmen are basically using residents’ front yards to fish from, not to mention relieve themselves.
“The City is servicing the public garbage receptacles at Three Tree Point more frequently during this period when more people are using the beaches for fishing,” said Steve Botkin of the City of Burien. “Residents with concerns about trespassing and illegal parking at Three Tree Point can call the Burien Police Dept. and an officer will respond.”
We highly recommend that all people fishing on Burien’s shorelines not only get a legal 2011 fishing license, but respect the property (and sanitary) rights of waterfront homeowners.