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7 Reasons To Ask For Alaska Seafood

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WILD – Alaska seafood is wild caught! There is no finfish farming allowed in Alaska. The seafood is harvested in the wild, in the pristine waters off Alaska’s rugged 34,000 mile coastline.

NATURAL – Alaska Seafood is seafood at its natural best. Alaska boasts five species of salmon, shrimp, scallops, crab, and whitefish varieties that include pollock, halibut, Pacific cod, black cod, sole, and rockfish. They mature at a natural pace, swimming freely in the icy cold waters and eating a natural diet of marine organisms.

SUSTAINABLE – Alaska’s seafood is eco-friendly. Alaska’s abundant seafood species are part of healthy, intact ecosystems, and the fisheries are managed for sustainability. Ever since statehood in 1959, Alaska’s fisheries have been managed with the long term health of the stocks as top priority. This is mandated by the Constitution of the State of Alaska. Alaska’s healthy marine environment and sustainable fisheries management are a model for the world.

FLAVOR – The superior flavor and texture of Alaska seafood is prized around the world. They get their flavor and flesh color from their natural diet of marine organisms: in the case of salmon this includes krill and tiny crustaceans. Salmon migrate thousands of miles over the course of their lifetime, and all that exercise in cold water gives the fish a firm texture. Each of the five species – pink, keta, sockeye, coho, and king – has its own characteristics of color and flavor.

VERSATILE – Alaska seafood is easy to prepare. You can grill, poach, bake, sauté, and even take portions right from the freezer for cooking, putting a meal on the table in minutes.

HEALTHY – Alaska seafood is healthy and nutritious. It is high in protein, and low in saturated fat, and a natural source of the “good fats” – heart-healthy omega-3s.

U.S. JOBS for a HEALTHY ECONOMY – Over half the seafood harvested by American fishing families is harvested in the waters off Alaska. Although many of the families fish from small vessels, and the seafood is usually processed in small communities, the Alaska seafood industry is a major economic engine: it is Alaska’s largest private sector employer, providing work for 54,000 people, and worth an estimated $5.8 billion to Alaska in direct and induced economic output.

Please visit www.alaskaseafood.org for more interesting and important nutritional information, recipes and to learn more about Alaska seafood.

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Ward Lake, Ketchikan

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I chose this photo because it reminds me of when Ole and I first met. I was living South and Ole was up here commercial fishing. He sent me an airline ticket to fly up to Ketchikan. The weather was absolutely gorgeous and the trout were jumping. Ole took me to Ward Lake for a little trout fishing up by the old swinging bridge around dusk. Standing in my “down south” slippery boats, Ole tells me to stay here and watch for bears. Immediately I say…whoa, whoa, whoa, BEARS!?!?!?!? He said awe we should be fine. He wades across the river bed and started catching a few trout. When all if a sudden a black mama bear and two cubs came out of nowhere right behind Ole. I had never seen a bear before and couldn’t speak, all I could do is point past Ole. He saw the bears coming at him, and to this day I’ve never seen him run so fast! He left the trout for the bears and we ran. We got back to the car and he tells me that was a close one!

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We walk around the lake quite a bit and love the beauty of it. We’ve had many a picnic there too.

Last year we had our second close encounter with bears. We were walking around the lake and got to the bridge. There were yellow signs that said “caution, aggressive mama bear and two cubs seen the day before”. Half way around the lake, we stood at the bridge and soaked in the beauty. We looked at each other and said, do we turn back or continue on? We decided to go forward. Scared and each and every turn we would run into the bears, we started singing and making noise, we walked all the way back to the car.

Have you ever had a close encounter with a bear? I’d love to hear about it.

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Launch Day for the F/V LaDonna Rose

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Looks like a really nice day out. It’s not, these are pictures taken from last year. Today it’s raining and blowing 50! Craig from Air Marine Harbor called to tell us it’s still a go! So walking around in the mud taking pictures in the rain is not on my to do list today.

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This is the part of the launch where I am hoping Ole remembered to put the drain plugs in, and did he charge the batteries? Everything worked great when we took the boat out of the water six months ago, everything should work fine today right?

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I always feel better when the boat is in the water and not hanging in the air two stories above my head.

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In the water and ready to start this summers adventures!

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Ole’s Genie

Ole & Sven were fishing one day when Sven pulled out a cigar. Finding he had no matches, he asked Ole for a light. “Ya, shure, I tink I haff a lighter,” he replied. Then, reaching into his tackle box, he pulled out a Bic lighter 10 inches long.

“Yiminy Cricket!” exclaimed Sven, taking the huge Bic lighter in his hands. “Vere dit yew git dat monster??”

“Vell,” replied Ole, “I got it from my Genie.”

“You haff a Genie?” Sven asked.

“Ya, shure. It’s right here in my tackle pox,” says Ole. “Could I see him?” Ole opens his tackle box and sure enough, out pops the Genie. Addressing the genie, Sven says, “Hey dere! I’m a
good friend of your master. Vill you grant me vun vish?”

“Yes, I will,” says the Genie. So Sven asks the Genie for a million bucks.

The Genie disappears back into the tackle box leaving Sven sitting there, waiting for his million bucks. Shortly, the sky darkens and is filled with the sound of a million ducks flying overhead. Over the roar of the million ducks Sven yells at Ole.

“Yumpin’ Yimminy I asked for a million bucks, not a million ducks!”

Ole answers, “Ya, I forgot to tell yew dat da Genie is hart of hearing.

Do yew really tink I asked for a 10-inch Bic?”

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It’s That Time Of Year!

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Can you believe it’s that time of year for all us fisher people to start thinking about our summer fishing season? Pretty exciting and nerve racking all at the same time!

Going to the boat for the first time today marks the start of our transition. Tomorrow we will put F/V LaDonna Rose back in the water and start a new year of salmon fishing.

Our lives are about to shift abruptly from a spacious house on land to a cramped cabin at sea.

Ironically, it doesn’t take too long before I’ll view “cold, stinky and cramped” as “cozy and warm” as I stand close to the galley’s diesel stove. I will once again fall in love with our vessel, because for the next four months, it will be my everything.

My home, workplace, entertainment, my friend. I will put my complete trust in it to keep us safe and return us home.

Our 25th season gill netting switching between two separate lives lends itself to the things we are saying goodbye to.

We start reflecting in the truck on the way home. This is what we talked about.

Ole: Why didn’t we go to Hawaii this winter?

Me: No time.

Ole: Vegas would have been nice.

Me: Yeah.

Ole: I don’t think we ate enough pizza.

Me: I don’t think I took enough baths, I think I’ll take one every day until we get on the boat. (Only cramped showers from here on out).

Me: Oh how I’ll miss having coffee and a cookie at The Point and The Green Coffee Bean.

Ole: Lets go have coffee and savor these last few days with friends.

Me: I sure hope Keta (our new kitten) will like her new home.

Me: I am going to miss having my nails done.

Ole: I’m going to miss stretching out on our nice big mattress.

Ole: Won’t it be nice to get back on the boat?

Me: Blank stare!

Me: What will you miss the most?

Ole: Ice cream and sleep.

It’s a funny thing, we go kicking and screaming getting back on the boat. Once we’re all settled in, it’s not too bad really. After all, the season is only a short 14 weeks and that’s it!

I can do just about anything knowing it will end.

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Do commercial fishermen make a good catch?

The answer is YES!
Here’s my top twenty reasons why I think they are so cool.

#1. They are cute in their xtratuffs, sweat shirts and baseball hats.

#2. They are in good physical shape.

#3. They are open minded and willing to learn new techniques to help them be more effective.

#4. They are good listeners.

#5. They are willing to lend a hand and take a hand.

#6. They love their families and are excited to come home.

#7. They can survive a storm that knocks out all their power and with their incredible sense of direction find their way home.

#8. They know how to bring home the money.

#9. They brave cruel weather, sharp hooks, long ropes, tides, swinging booms, slippery decks, sleep deprivation and pain.

#10. They do what it takes to get the job done.

#11. They are patient.

#12. They know there are good seasons and bad seasons.

#13. They work hard and play hard.

#14. They love to go on vacation.

#15. They are persistent and willing to fish regardless of the conditions, rain, cold, wind.

#16. They enjoy the fresh air and the challenges presented by the sea.

#17. A good fishermen works at catching fish, instead of relying on luck to fill his hold.

#18. They leave their families for weeks and months at a time, endure little sleep, unhealthy food, hellish weather, and knowing in the back of their minds they could very well die any day of the week.

#19. They bring home fresh seafood and their freezers are always full of fish.

#20. They always have a good story to tell.

Next time you savor a seafood delight, thank the fearless men and women who brave the odds to serve you the best on your platter.

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Eagles, Salmon and Cruise Ship, Oh My!

The 1,080 passenger Crystal Serenity launched the 2012 cruise ship season last Saturday as it stopped in Ketchikan as part of a 94-day circumnavigation of the Pacific Ocean.

They start in LA, then go to Hawaii, New Caledonia, Australia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Hong Kong (and other Chinese ports), South Korea, Japan, Russia, Alaska, Canada and back to LA on April 21. Whew!

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What fun to taste food from different parts of the world. But I simply can’t help but wonder. Do the passengers start off in their skinny clothes and end the 94 days in their fat clothes waddling off the cruise ship? I know I would!

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Stylist UK Magazine Article

Stylist UK MagazineRead full article here
Work Life: LaDonna Rose Gundersen, Fisherwoman.

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Easter in Ketchikan

Photo of the Week- Beautiful Easter Sunday in downtown Ketchikan, Alaska with snow capped Deer Mountain.

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Youthful Skin–Naturally with wild Alaskan salmon

According to Dr. Nicholas Perricone “There is a little beauty secret that is worth it’s weight in gold. If women understood that eating a simple inexpensive small can of salmon would give them radiant skin, with softness like nothing else in this world, salmon would fly off of the supermarket shelves”.

You would see a stampede toward the fish isle.

Sounds like a fantasy? I assure you it is very real…

Why salmon makes you youthful

Salmon is one of the best-known sources of skin-beautifying Omega fatty acids. Salmon reduces inflammation more effectively than any other food. It enhances radiance, reduces wrinkles and puffiness. Salmon is a beauty food because it’s nutrients play a key role in keeping the skin’s outer layer soft and smooth. The Omega-3s in salmon reduce inflammation on the cellular level that can cause redness, wrinkles, and loss of firmness.

Ever wonder what salmon, shrimp and lobster have in common? Their brilliant red color is a result of Astaxanthin, the multi-talented antioxidant. Astaxanthin is the super star in the realm of anti-aging. What it does is protects the cells from the most damaging forms of free radicals-improves skin elasticity and reduces the appearance of fine lines. Astaxanthin is available as a nutritional supplement and worth looking into.

There’s another super star substance found in wild Alaskan salmon and that is DMAE. DMAE is a known cognitive enhancer–that is, that it can improve memory and problem-solving ability. It does so because it improves nerve function. DMAE when eaten in larger amounts, can increase muscle tone and therefore decrease the appearance of sagging. As a side note, DMAE can be placed into a lotion form and applied topically to help decrease sagging and increase muscle tone.

According to the Perricone Diet, our skin can get immediate benefits by following what he calls a nutritional facelift for three days. The foundation of this diet is wild salmon, eaten twice a day with blueberries, cranberries, raspberries and strawberries. The Wrinkle Cure by Dr. Nicholas Perricone is worth the read.

Here’s five ideas to incorporate wild Alaskan salmon into your diet.

1. Shop for wild Alaskan salmon when it’s in season. You’ll feel good knowing that you are not only getting the freshest salmon available, but you are also supporting a commercial fishing family.

2. Prepare your salmon simply. Try using Olive oil and Lemon pepper for a tasty glaze without added fat.

3. Eat it for breakfast. You wouldn’t think of eating salmon in the morning with a bagel and fresh blueberries, but it works!

4. Make eating salmon a healthy social event. Make a date to go to the Fishermen’s Market, or bring out the BBQ for a potluck dinner.

5. Get creative. You could put in your eggs in the morning, toss it in your salad at lunchtime, make it into a sandwich, put it on your pasta, broiled as a burger, baked in the oven, or thrown on the grill.

There are so many different things you can do with salmon that it becomes far easier to make it part of your normal diet. When I tell people I eat salmon 5 times a week sometimes twice a day, the response is “Why so much?” Because eating wild Alaskan salmon one or two times a day, will do more for your skin than any other anti-aging remedy that I know of.

While I can’t promise you can turn back time, the anti-inflammatory benefits of foods such as salmon, will gaurantee that you can greatly slow down it’s negative effects. These include good health, ample energy, increased sense of well-being and radiant, glowing skin.

In other words, there are many health benefits to be had from eating wild Alaskan salmon.

Know of any other foods that are great for the skin? I’d love to know what they are.

Best Fishes! LaDonna Rose

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