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Superstitious Boating Items You Should Never Bring on Board

October 8, 2019

Before technology evolved to make sailing much safer, sailors needed all the help they could get for a smooth trip along the high seas. Despite the advances in weather prediction and ship safety, anyone who spends their life on a boat still honors some of these centuries-old traditions and avoids bringing superstitious boating items on board. Never bring bananas One of the most common boating superstitions is to never bring bananas on board a boat, particularly a fishing boat. In the 18th century, ships bringing bananas from the West Indies had to sail fast so the bananas wouldn’t spoil, so... View Article

What Is Farmed Salmon?

September 24, 2019

When shopping for dinner at your grocery store’s meat counter, you may find yourself asking, “What is farmed salmon?” While terms like “wild caught” stir images of salmon runs in crisp northern waters, you might pick the farmed salmon for its lower price. What are the differences between wild and farmed salmon? Fish farming became a popular option as wild fish populations declined from overfishing. The different breeding and living conditions make for some key differences between wild and farmed salmon in Alaska. Living conditions Farmed salmon are kept in netted pens, where they cannot swim very far and may... View Article

Five Steps for Proper Fishing Preparation in Alaska

September 6, 2019

Are you planning a boating trip? When boating or fishing, it’s crucial to be prepared. Proper boating preparation in Alaska can mean the difference between a fun, successful trip and a disaster. Failure to complete fishing preparation in Alaska typically results in a poor catch and disappointed fishermen. What steps should you take to prepare for your outing? Take these steps along the docks as you make your boating preparations in Alaska. Documentation Before you head out to sea, be sure all your documentation is in order. You should have the proper boating license, registration and insurance. If you’re using... View Article

Do NOT Bring a Banana on a Boat in Alaska

August 23, 2019

Bananas are an amazing food. They are full of essential nutrients. They are tasty. They are even fun to peel and eat. They are great as a healthy snack or as an addition to any meal. There’s just one problem with the banana: You should not bring a banana on a boat in Alaska. Why? Bananas and boats in Alaska don’t mix. Ask a fisherman, and he will tell you it’s true. It’s a long-standing tradition. Here’s the story. Bananas and Boats in Alaska The ban on bananas on boats in Alaska traces its roots to a superstition that has... View Article

What Is King Salmon?

August 13, 2019

Alaska is one of the best places in the world for salmon fishing, so it should come as no surprise that the official state fish of Alaska is the giant king salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha), and has been since 1962. If you’re not from Alaska, you might be surprised when you visit by just how ubiquitous salmon is. You’ll find it cooked in all sorts of ways, including smoked, baked, pan-seared or even made into spreads for crackers. You’ll also find salmon in local artwork, in taxidermy shops, on t-shirts and in souvenirs. Salmon is truly one of the most important... View Article