2022 Alaska Flotilla – Leg 6B, Day 2 – Kwatsi Bay to Lagoon Cove | NW Explorations

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2022 Alaska Flotilla – Leg 6B, Day 2 – Kwatsi Bay to Lagoon Cove

We had prawns in our pots this morning! Spot prawns are a buttery, sweet delicacy that live in deep water. They can get quite large with females being up to 23cm. Some of us had a fresh sashimi morning snack before we got underway. Life is for living and the living is good when you’re cruising the Inside Passage.

As we were cruising today, we saw several fish farms. These open net fish farms are a large threat to native Pacific salmon runs. The salmon that are farmed are Atlantic salmon and they often escape from the farm. These fish that are kept in the farms have a large percentage of disease that spreads to the wild fish which affects their survival rate. The farms also create a lot of waste which is threatening rare species of sea sponges. Basically, farmed salmon is bad news and as they say, “Friends don’t let friends eat farmed fish.”

Lagoon Cove greeted us with friendly faces on their docks. We all got tied up and got to explore the small marina and the woods around it. There is a system of hiking trails which many of us went out on to stretch our legs. While we were hiking, we found beautiful fungus! Chicken of the Woods are a kind of edible mushroom that is very distinct with its bright orange and yellow coloring. We collected a few to bring to our potluck later that evening.

Lagoon Cove hosts a dinner where they share spot prawns and everyone staying at the docks brings a dish to share. We gathered with good food to stay cozy as a gentle drizzle started to come down outside. Foraged mushrooms, local prawns, and freshly baked sourdough lay on our table, but it didn’t take too long for everything on the table to disappear. Full and happy, everyone made their way back to the boats to stay dry and watch great blue herons fish on the shore.

P.S. Is Alaska on your bucket list? We can take you there! Email us to reserve your spot on our 2023 Mother Goose AK Flotilla. charters@nwexplorations.com 

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