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Old 07-02-2012, 11:29 PM
 
Location: Dangling from a mooses antlers
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Yep, and I still don't completely understand how salmon know to return to the stream they came from. Just baffles me. I listened to a presentation over at the Whitman Lake hatchery and it is still puzzling. The mineral content in the water?
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Old 07-02-2012, 11:41 PM
 
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I think scientists are still studying that, but there two ways that they find there way home, and which way they use depends on whether they're in salt or fresh water. They use scent to find their spawning grounds in fresh waters. When they're still in the ocean -- I'm not sure I can explain this well because I don't have that great of a scientific grasp on it, because they've got something like magnetic stuff in their brains that enables to navigate according to the planet's magnetic fields.

A small part of them go somewhere else to spawn, though, and this is probably to keep populations diverse.

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Old 07-03-2012, 02:03 PM
 
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Ship, did you prepare your Copper River King?
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Old 07-03-2012, 04:26 PM
 
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You mean how did I prepare it? I just did what I usually do to salmon: season with salt and pepper and cook in a skillet with olive oil, about 3-4 minutes on each side. I do it somewhere between rare and medium. It was really good, but I can't make any comparison because it's the first I've had this year. I'd like to learn some new ways of cooking it sometime, but that way never disappoints.

All this stuff is interesting by the way. I had a feeling that that article was a bit alarmist.
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Old 07-03-2012, 06:35 PM
 
Location: Casa Grande, AZ
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The relatives commercial fishing out of Ninilchik had it postponed for at least one day, and this happened a couple years ago too where there weren't enough coming through several times through the season, and last year was good for them as well.
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