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Food Sunday: Copper River King Salmon Scrap Ceviche

7:01 pm in Uncategorized by EdwardTeller

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The third largest river in Alaska, the Copper, is currently the most famous worldwide for its salmon.  Bristol Bay, famous for the world’s largest run of Sockeye salmon, hosts salmon from several rivers, as they mill around, waiting for the right time to enter any of dozens of streams to their spawning grounds.

The Copper River Sockeye is the most highly sought fresh salmon in the United States.  The Copper River King is said to rival that of the Yukon King in flavor.  Less well-known than the Copper’s Reds, the Kings are noted for their extremely high oil content.

The Copper is fished all summer long, from mid-May into September.  Many of its tributaries’ runs come in at different time, making the commercial fishery, at its delta in the north Gulf of Alaska, durable.  Upstream, there are Native, subsistence, personal use and sports users.  Princess Lines passengers can opt out for a King fishing trip on one of the Copper’s tributaries.  Natives and subsistence users have fish wheels along the bank above the confluence of the Copper with the Chitina.  Urban and rural subsistence and personal use fishers also dip nets into the waters, bringing out their annual harvest.

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The Copper is under increasing pressure from every direction, but the number of fish caught annually there over the past 40 years has stayed remarkably close to the same from decade to decade.  The first year I caught a salmon at the Copper River, was as a commercial gillnetter, in 1974.  The most recent ones were on Thursday, as a personal use dipnetter.

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I brought  home my biggest King since the last century, 38 pounds.  One of the fillets will be eaten at my mom’s 93rd birthday party later this summer.

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The other one got subdivided for a few meals.

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Chapter 13 of Eric Boehlert’s “Bloggers on the Bus” – An Alaska Update

9:40 am in Uncategorized by EdwardTeller

Chapter Thirteen of Eric Boehlert’s fascinating new book, Bloggers on the Bus: How the Internet Changed Politics and the Press, discusses issues surrounding how the elevation of Alaska governor Sarah Palin to being John McCain’s running mate in the 2008 presidential election campaign challenged Alaska’s fledgeling blogger community. The chapter is essentially divided into two sections: The first details how our ad hoc team of progressive Alaskan bloggers dealt responsibly with getting information about Palin to the public, how we helped Outside (those who aren’t from Alaska) journalists, and how we shared resources openly and responsibly. The second part of this chapter of Eric’s book describes how the story of Palin’s youngest child, Trig, was handled, comparing responsible coverage in the blogosphere to the rest.

I only have two mild points on the Alaska chapter. It misses the story of how many false tales about Palin – Sambo beat the Bitch being the best example – that we killed or tried to kill. But how was Eric supposed to know? We killed the stories’ credibility, usually within minutes or hours. He does clearly differentiate between our progressive bloggers’ veracity and article quality, compared to the material covered in the second half of the chapter. Read the rest of this entry →

Who Has Put a Hold On the Holdren and Lubchenco Science Nominations?

4:00 pm in Uncategorized by EdwardTeller

An anonymous Senator has put a hold on the nominations of John Holdren to be White House science advisor, and on Jane Lubchenco to head NOAA. The office of the early suspect, NJ Senator Bob Menendez, denied Thursday that he has a hold on the nomination. Nobody now knows who placed the hold, or why.

During the early February nomination hearing before the U. S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation, opposition to the nominations appeared to be tepid, with few Republicans even bothering to show up. The only Senator to question either of the nominees twice, was Alaska Democrat, Mark Begich, who queried Lubchenco about climate change and fisheries issues in a friendly way.

Soon after the nomination hearing, CQ Politics cited strong support for an immediate voice vote:

The panel approved both nominations by voice vote.

John D. Rockefeller IV , D-W.Va., Commerce chairman, said he and ranking Republican Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas are seeking to have the nominations confirmed on the Senate floor by voice vote as soon as possible.

“Speed is important here,” Rockefeller said.

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