Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Tons of Fun - Salmon

Alaska is certainly the world of fish and wildlife. One of the tastiest snack that we give to our sled dogs is salmon. In some parts of the world, salmon is actually toxic to dogs, but luckily, not here.
SP Kennel acquires salmon through various means. Often we will drive 80 miles south to a native village, Nenana, and buy Dog Salmon from villagers who operate fish wheels. These fish wheels are huge wooden structures that sit in the current of the river and literally, scoop up fish, as they swim past. We have also driven to state run fish hatcheries. At the hatchery, young salmon smelt are grown and released into the wild, only to return to the hatchery years later to breed. There is no where for these returning fish to actually do their "business" in the wild, so they are mechanically processed and the carcasses are available to purchase. In years past, we have driven back from Valdez with literally tons of fish in tow.

This year one of our good friends, Dave, (who is a summertime commercial fisherman and a wintertime snowmachine/dog musher guide ) found us some Pink Salmon. There were 10,400 pounds of fish stored in a freezer unit in Anchorage - only trouble was retrieving it. If any of you have followed SP Kennel for a length of time you know that the mantra here is "Nothing is easy!"

Dave brought us the fish this past week after a lengthy ordeal of: driving, trailer issues, driving, truck issues, driving .... So, "Thanks Dave!" The dogs will love it!


Marla BB said...

Is that Dave of Leslie & Dave?
A summertime commercial fisherman??
Yummy lookin' salmon!
Happy Fall, Marla
(Coffee'll be comin...)

Aliy said...

That is Dave .... he helps SP Kennel is so many ways. We hope that he and Leslie will be at the Iditarod Start again in 2011 for us.

LindaVistaLLC said...

Where do you store all that fish to keep it frozen?


Aliy said...

We have kept the fish in the card board boxes for now. Keeps local foxes out and fish in. In just a few weeks we'll be slicing most of this fish into small "Filet" sized pieces for winter snacks. Then we will store then in our insulated Connex - just in case winter is a mild one...

Anonymous said...

How long will it take to slice up that much salmon?