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THREE GENERATIONS CELEBRATE To celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary Mr. and Mrs. William Rutherford took a trip with their family they would never forget.
THREAT “Old Foes Pose New Threat to the Tongass” by Robert Dewey.
ALASKA FUND The McIntosh Foundation and The Boat Company team up with the Alaska Fund for the Future.
POETRY “The Incomplete Angler”
Notes and Comments by Michael McIntosh
· The good news is that more people than ever want to visit Alaska on one of The Boat Company's vessels.The bad news is that as of September 30th we were 75% sold for 1998 and already taking reservations for 1999. · On a related matter, we are now combing through the Department of Defense (Navy) records to see if somewhere on this globe there is a companion ship to the Liseron that we can rescue, rebuild and put into service – hopefully, by 2000. As some of you may recall, the US only built 250 of these ships and all were loaned to foreign governments. (We rescued The Liseron from France.) However since 1965, most have been scraped. · Robert Dewey of Defenders of Wildlife has written an article on the status of The Tongass, on page four.Therefore, we will limit our comments here to observing that we have never objected to timber removal as long as it is (1) done on a sustained yield basis, and (2) does not adversely impact those industries which employ more 2
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people and generate greater economic activity. Both fishing and tourism do. Unfortunately, due to high transportation costs of logs, timber remains a net loss to the public treasury. However, there is now some hope that a few local operators will soon begin producing finished products in Southeast thus keeping jobs and dollars on shore and dramatically reducing the demand for the raw materials. · This past summer, while cruising past a particular area, one of our naturalists pointed to a hillside and mentioned it had been cut more than 40 years ago. It was still almost completely covered by Alder (few Evergreens).This prompted us to inquire of The Forest Service whether or not they had a map(s) showing where and when (dates) all areas had been cut.They said they didn't. As a result,The Boat Company is planning to underwrite the
cost of such a study and will then follow that up with aerial and ground photographs to prove or disprove The Forest Service's use of a 100 year rotation cycle.
A short note on our "governmental relationships":
· In 1993, with the help of many of our past customers, (especially Mr. Walter H. Montgomery, Jr. of Spartanburg, South Carolina) we were able to get a Bill through Congress exempting The Liseron from certain Coast Guard regulations. (They don't like wooden boats – even ex-US Navy Warships.) For the past four years, the Coast Guard has been trying to take away by regulation what Congress gave us. However we have maintained a firm position and hopefully, some time in the not too distant future, common sense will prevail.
· At the beginning of this year, the US Forest Service had the bright idea of imposing "a fee" of 3% of our gross income on us for the right to go on “their” land – whether or not we chose to do so! After exhausting all administrative remedies, we filed a lawsuit in Federal Court in late September seeking appropriate relief. · At last count, we deal with at least 12 government agencies (state and federal).This past summer, the captain of the Liseron showed me a drawer full of government notifications we were supposed to put up. If we had, I think we would have run out of wall space and covered up a quarter of the windows of the ship. I would add that running a small business such as ours, keeps our feet well grounded on the issue of appropriate versus inappropriate governmental presence.
Celebrate On The Liseron
o celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary, Mr. and
Regardless of the age, everyone had a great time. “The
Mrs. William Rutherford wanted to do something their
first fish my grandson caught was 260 pounds! There were grins you
family would remember for years to come. After
couldn’t imagine.” And with the variety of activities, no one had a
careful consideration, they decided to go back to one
problem finding something to do. “The scenery is great. My wife
of their own favorite experiences and return to the
and myself aren’t active fishers, but we enjoyed tooling around in
waters of Southeastern Alaska on board the Liseron.
the placid waters.There are nice places to walk quietly, as well as
The Rutherfords were familiar with the territory, having already taken two voyages aboard the Observer. “For a long time, I
take strenuous hikes. Overall, it was a very good investment.” Mr. Rutherford could not say enough nice things about the
considered being aboard the Observer as about the finest experience
crew and the overall experience aboard the boat. “I don’t know how
of its kind that would be possible. I was astonished to find that the
a person could have tried harder to have everything exactly right.
trip on the Liseron was even better,” William Rutherford said.
Every touch that you might have thought would be nice was there.
As many of us know, getting all the family together for more
There was absolutely nothing that wasn’t first class.The selection of
than a few minutes can be quite a chore. “It took something very
the superb personnel is a very big part of it. Each member was well
special to get all the grandkids and family together.There were 12
informed, courteous, helpful and friendly. We could not have received
of us, and we were very lucky to have the Liseron all to ourselves,”
finer treatment anywhere.”
Mr. Rutherford shared. “It was a great opportunity for a family event.
“Overall, it was a delightful experience and there is no way I
When you have grandchildren, they don’t always come to meals
could have had a better plan for a three generational get-together to
when the older folks want to.This way, they had to be there.”
celebrate the old folks’ 60th wedding anniversary. It will never again happen that I can get all of them at the same dinner table at the same time!” The Boat Company
OLD FOES Pose NEW THREAT to the Tongass he Tongass National Forest, a vast temperate rainforest that is home to many unique wildlife species including the imperiled Alexander Archipelago wolf and Queen Charlotte Goshawk, is once again under attack by those who want to sell off its huge ancient trees. Conservationists have redoubled their efforts to protect the forest in the wake of a new U.S. Forest Service plan to allow 10 years of extensive, new clear-cut logging and renewed attacks by the Alaska Congressional delegation. The Forest Service’s new management plan, released in May, establishes an annual cut of up to 267 million board feet per year from the Tongass over the next 10 years. However, the Forest Service’s own timber demand projections forecast a need for only half the amount allowed. Moreover, conservationists and scientists argue the plan fails to conserve the forest’s unique wildlife species. For more than four decades, two 50-year timber contracts had resulted in logging of huge numbers of the Tongass’ oldest trees. The Forest Service had argued that these contracts obligated it to authorize high logging levels. However, both contracts were cancelled in the past three years. Conservationists would like to see the cancellations reflected in the new forest plan. In September numerous groups submitted formal administrative appeals of the forest plan. In the months ahead, the
Alaska Rainforest Campaign, a coalition of national and regional conservation groups, will work to mobilize the broad national support that already exists for the Tongass.These groups hope to persuade the Clinton Administration to help save the last temperate rainforest in North America. Meanwhile the Alaska Congressional delegation has renewed its attacks on the Tongass through various pieces of legislative mischief. One bill, S. 967, would grant “urban corporation” status to four Alaska villages that were previously found ineligible under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) and subsequent appeals. Since urban corporations were generally given land under ANCSA, conservationists view the proposal as a thinly veiled effort to allow more clear-cut logging in the Tongass. The University Lands bill, S. 660, is seen as another backdoor effort to promote logging in the Tongass.The bill would grant the University of Alaska another 250,000 acres of federal land. Committee Chair Frank Murkowski (R-AK) railroaded both bills through the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee in September. Companion bills are expected in the House this fall. Please write your representatives and senators in Congress to show your support of the Tongass and encourage them to vote against both of these bills. Contributed by Robert Dewey and Defenders of Wildlife.
“So, while the Tongass I saw was beautiful, I know that it was not the Tongass my father or his father would have seen, nor is it the Tongass my children or grandchildren will see. Knowing the government is trying to decide whether the Tongass should be one big tree farm or one big nature preserve, I give my backing to a third way; sustainability.” Dick Schilling, 1997, Observer Guest Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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The Story Behind Dick Crone
oward the end of August, the Liseron and the Observer stop overnight in Mist Cove, located near the southern tip of Baranof Island. We lovingly call this place “the barrel” because the Coho Salmon are so thick you can practically walk across the water on them! Even the beginning “non-fisherman” is guaranteed the excitement of catching a flashing silver salmon in this protected cove. We are welcome guests of the managing cooperative, the Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association (NSRAA), during this run because The Boat Company regularly supports NSRAA’s programs and “pay” for our catch just like the members of the cooperative. Michael McIntosh, President of The Boat Company, donates his time and business skills to the organization by serving on its Board. Almost 20 years ago, a cooperative of fishermen established NSRAA, a non-profit association, to increase salmon returns to benefit commercial
users among others. NSRAA was established through an election of limited entry salmon permit holders where the majority voted in favor of establishing the Association and taxing themselves 3% of their gross landings to support the organization. Dick Crone is one of the lead scientists who has developed and managed this project for years. After undergraduate work at Oregon State University, Dick completed graduate work at the University of Michigan. From Michigan he traveled to Alaska, following his professor and mentor, and began his work on the Coho salmon. He winters in Sitka and spends May through September living on a floating cabin in the cove surrounded by fish “pens” for holding both fingerlings and returning adults, monitoring the annual runs and nursing the fingerling population. Most of the Atlantic Salmon you get in the grocery store is raised in a feed-lot hatchery.Virtually all of the Pacific Salmon is wild.The theory behind NSRAA’s operation is to develop and manage “remote rearing sites” with the young salmon reared in a hatch-
ery until they reach fingerling size.They are then transferred to a land-locked lake for their first year of development, followed by release to the open sea, and there they develop and grow in a wild state before returning to the site to spawn 15 months later.The waters of Canada, Alaska and the Northwestern United States produce a bounty of salmon, halibut, crab, prawns and trout.This important food supply provides jobs for Alaskans and promotes recreational tourism – further helping to keep local economies healthy and sustainable. The Coho Lake rearing program at Mist Cove now produces anywhere from 125,000 to 250,000 yield per season. In 1996, the returning Salmon in this one area alone numbered 180,000.Their theory of development was simple: find a spot with an inaccessible lake and stream and turn the region into a hatchery, developing a strong run of salmon that will be manageable to harvest. NSRAA built a hatchery in Sitka and designed a field location to suit a salmon run. Once the run was
built up over a period of years, the fishing cooperative began to manage the harvest with its members, carefully monitoring the health and growth of this particular “imprinted” run. “This year is proving to be quite strange,” Dick said. “With more females than males showing up in the early days, it indicates to us that when this run is over, the numbers will be small. It will take some time and study for us to determine why, if indeed, that is the case.” Members of NSRAA are allowed to seine the cove by permit, with a percentage of the catch given back to NSRAA for future development and management. Mist Cove has proven so successful that NSRAA has established a second field station nearby.This run, with its own “imprint” will continue the growth of a Pacific “managed” wild salmon farm system.
Should anyone want more information on this operation, simply contact Dick Crone, NSRAA, 1308 Sawmill Creek Rd., Sitka, Alaska 99835. (907) 747-6850. The Boat Company
Announcing a Partnership
Michael McIntosh and David Rockefeller, Jr.
he Alaska Fund for the Future was founded in 1992.The Fund grew out of a powerful enthusiasm, respect and admiration for the land, water and cultures generated by an unforgettable sailing trip in May - July 1991, organized by David Rockefeller, Jr. During an extraordi-
nary 10-week, four-boat sailing trip, more than 200 participants covered 3,000 miles of the Alaskan Coast, from Ketchikan to Kodiak. As a
Having completed 18 years of Southeast Alaska expeditions aboard the
result of this trip, the Alaska Fund for the Future (formerly Sail Alaska
Liseron and the Observer, the McIntosh Foundation and The Boat
Fund) was established in April of 1992.Today, AFF is in its sixth year
Company decided to team up with the Alaska Fund for the Future(AFF). Over the years, many of our guests have asked how they can help in Southeast Alaska, and we've never quite found the appropriate way in which to respond until recently. David Rockefeller, Jr. and Michael McIntosh share similar experiences and a passion for Alaska. David had already set up the vehicle which looked like a perfect fit for our guests as well. We would like to introduce you to a newly established foundation whose sole purpose is to make small grants to grassroots organizations. The Alaska Fund for the Future acts as a giving agent for a growing list of small donors ($200 - 500 a year) who want to provide support for the preservation, protection and enhancement of Alaska. We will bring you more information on AFF's activities in future issues. In the meantime, an introductionâ€Ś
with nearly 500 members who annually fund projects furthering AFF's mission. The mission of the Alaska Fund for the future is to promote awareness and understanding of Alaska and support preservation of Alaska's natural environment, diverse human cultures and local economy - the three pillars on which Alaska's future must be built. Since its first grant-making cycle in 1992, AFF has granted more than $320,000 to 63 separate projects. Organizations receiving grants have included Alaska Boreal Forest Council, Amiq Institute, Kodiak College, Aleut Stewardship Camp, AWARE, Resource Apprenticeship Program for Students, among others. Approximately half of the grants have been for conservation projects, 15 percent for public awareness and 35 percent for educational efforts. It is a founding premise of the Fund that out-of-state resources (both financial and human) working through a first-rate Alaskan network can provide critical support for the preservation, protection and enhancement of this beautiful state. AFF hopes to achieve this goal by making financial resources available to Alaskan non-profit groups through an annual grant-making process. We believe that in many situations a little goes a long way and are proud that AFF's highly selective funding has enabled local groups to sustain and improve their efforts to preserve Alaska's environment and local cultures within a framework of viable economic development. By giving early funding to grassroots organizations, AFF
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makes leveraged impact. In its short history, AFF has become one of the 10 top private funders in Alaska. One of the secrets of its success is the substantial amount of volunteer time AFF's board members contribute to finding and working with the grant recipients. AFF is currently focusing on bringing more donors into the Fund to expand its grant making capabilities and to
increase public awareness. In addition to the satisfaction of
hile most of us
solely in the winter to perform
from stem to stern and repainted
are back at
the work necessary to make the
with several coats. All of the
summer voyages as perfect as
mahogany gets from four to 10
coats (time and weather permit-
its environment and its citizens,
you will receive a bi-annual
Liseron, the boats are getting a
Alaska to Poulsbo, Washington
any other necessary repairs
newsletter and periodic invita-
workout to prepare for next
(a Seattle suburb) in late
tions to events in your area. If
season. Unlike boats made of
you are interested in becoming
steel or fiberglass, wooden boats
work is done in the seven and
not work year round, follow
a member of AFF, please contact
require a tremendous amount of
a half months between October
other pursuits. Some of the natu-
the AFF office for further infor-
care to maintain. While it may be
1 to May 15.The boats are
ralists return to school, some
mation (Alaska Fund for the
hard to believe, more people are
hauled at a local shipyard, where
have teaching jobs, and others
Future, Attn: Judy Green, director,
employed in the winter to main-
all work below the water line
maintain other employment.
12 Harris Street, Brookline, MA
tain the boats, than in the sum-
is done, (shafts, propellers,
02146, (617) 734-1933 phone,
mer to run them. Approximately
fittings, a thorough hull bottom
work, the moment one steps
(617) 738-4883 fax.) AFF is
six of the summer employees
on board one of the boats, all
a special project of The
work year round, including the
Philanthropic Collaborative, Inc.,
two captains and two engineers.
equipment is taken apart and
a public charity 501(c)(3).
Additionally, many others work
rebuilt.The boats must be sanded
knowing that your gift is furthering the mission of AFF by enhancing the future of Alaska,
next trip aboard the Observer or
The boats return from
Next all the mechanical
ting).The brass is polished and
The summer staff, who do
While it may be a lot of
the maintenance and care become worth it.
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Kath Jane & Tony
Many of our guests have repeated the Alaskan adventure on either
interest in the food management industry. As many of you know, Jane’s
the Observer or the Liseron, or both over the years. Because of the
incredible preparations on the wilderness trips are a work of art that
nature of the trip, the guests and crew develop friendships with the
invariably add an inch to the waistline by trip’s end.
common bond of the shared Alaskan experience.To keep you up
When asked how they “found”The Boat Company,Tony replied,
to date, we will regularly profile various members of The Boat
“I’d lived in the area since 1989 and had never heard of them! We
Company staff. In this issue we spotlight Jane and Tony Richardson
keep a real low profile in Washington. What I discovered in the years
and Kathy Nissley.
I’ve been with the company is our visibility in Alaska. We are much
Jane and Tony have worked for The Boat Company since 1993 – Tony is our engineer and Jane our chef. They met four years ago
better known in Alaska than in our homeport in Washington.” Jane took a year off last year to “build their nest. ”They bought a
when they first came to work for us. (I might mention here that
home and adopted a puppy, both requiring some “orientation.” In
two other marriages have occurred within “the Boat family” over
addition to decorating her house, Jane kept her cooking skills sharp
working with a local catering company and a bakery. But, after being
Tony spent 12 years in the Navy honing his engineering skills
separated last summer when the boats chartered in Alaska - Tony
by serving on both a fast attack and a ballistic missile nuclear
went with the Liseron and Jane stayed home - Jane was persuaded to
submarines. While on duty, he spent 110 days underwater at a
return this past year to be near her husband and keep the meals to
stretch, cruised under the polar icecap and served 61/2 months
the high standard she has set in past years!
at a time on a submarine. Jane finished at Seattle Central Community College and completed their two-year culinary institute program so she could pursue her
When asked why he likes working for The Boat Company,Tony replied, “working on a ‘surface ship’ was something new for me, and with this operation I’m home more and still able to have a marine-based career.The variety of the job, from helping passengers
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hy fish to monitoring and fixing the complicated engine room machinery,
dated its operations in the Seattle office, and Kathy was offered a
keeps the job interesting.” Jane said, “The trips can be very interesting.
marketing position with the company, putting her firmly on land
Once I arrived at the local grocery store to get provisions only to
full-time.This meant returning to school to master the computer for
discover there were no green, fresh vegetables of any kind! We had
the first time! When interviewed she said, “I had risked my life many
to go a whole trip without.That was a challenge! Oftentimes the
times over the years delivering boats offshore to warm and exotic
special dietary restrictions of the guests can be challenging as well.
places. Never was I more scared than that first day back to school
Everything from dairy intolerance to vegetarian requests are
after over 20 years at sea. It ended up being a major turning point in
Kathy Nissley has been with The Boat Company since 1990.
A year later, she is settled into life as a landlubber, having bought
Her first experience with us was assisting with the construction of
a house two blocks from the dock where the boats are moored in
the Liseron in Tarpon Springs, Florida. With that project completed,
Poulsbo...her first real address since college. When asked if she misses
she moved on to working on the Liseron in the galley in the summer
going with the boats to Alaska, she answers, “yes, of course I miss it.”
of ‘91. She then became a full time employee specializing on the main-
“But I really love what I am doing now. I get to relive my own experi-
tenance of the boats in the Seattle winters. (She is a premier
ences every time someone calls to ask me about our cruises. I can’t
varnish expert and there is a lot of mahogany to preserve.) She spent
take credit for selling the cruises; they truly sell themselves. I can only
her summers working as the chief steward on the Liseron until ‘96.
share my own experience aboard these beautiful and unique ships.
With that summer job, Kathy had really found her calling. “I was in my
Whether you book your passage or work it as a crew member, a trip
element. I was able to relive the excitement of experiencing such an
to Southeast Alaska is a journey you will not soon forget.”
incredible journey over and over, as each new guest stepped aboard the boat for the first time,” she said. In ‘96 The Boat Company consoli-
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Incomplete Angler by Elizabeth B. Henry
Santa Fe, NM, Observer Guest 1996
Ok fish, I’m declaring war! Dressed for combat in hip boots I’m storming the stream. Reels itching, lines on the spool, Creel waiting. Ammunition? Try me. I’ve bouth the Book of a Thousand Flies. Try bypassing “Rat-faced McDougal,” Flutter of grizzly hen hackle tips, “Royal Stimulator’s” fluorescent floss, Fat body of peacock herl, Take a “Cripple Olive,” you cowards! What’s wrong with my “Sparkle Spinner?” It’s time for “Elk Hopper,” “Henry’s Rubber Legs,” Not tricked by “Mayfly Emerger?” I’ve got it, “Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear,” But I need to snare a rabbit first! “Mormon Girl,” “Pink Lady,” far too sedate, I need power, yes, the “Grizzly King,” Red duck quill flash will lure you in, hide the hook. What do you think I am, a fool? I see you, sleek torpedoes, cruising by. Give me my hat! I’ll put on “Bighole Demon,” “Raggle Bomb,” Here comes “Riffle Devil”, “Girdel Bug,” Succulent fuzzy black chenille! Come on you buggers, bite! I’ve used “Muddlers” and “Termites,” “Skaters” and “Oogels,” “Egg Sucker”, “Scarlet Jig-a-Bugger”, Fish, you are blind, I’ve thrown you gold tinsel, Pheasant feathers, deer tail, mallard flank, Guinea hen, goat dubbing, Black bear butt and polar bear whiskers! Up on this high green bank I am not at peace with the world! Fresh air has given me a headache, Anyone want my “Green Wienie?” “Glo Bugs” half price! Take my “Abe Munn Killer” It’s starting to rain. “Moose Turds” for sale. I’m going home to relax! Wait, I think I’ve got one!
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Guest Quotes Beth & Tom Eckert Great Falls, Virginia
Tom and I had a wonderful and most memorable time on our trip aboard the Liseron. The trip was clearly one of our most favorite and we look forward to returning! We had absolutely no complaints and cannot give you any suggestions or helpful hints because it was all great! The crew was exceptional - especially Larry, the first mate. He was extremely knowledgeable, friendly, great disposition and fun. I hope he becomes Captain soon. I’ve enclosed some pictures and labeled the back of them. We most definitely will pass along all interested friends and will share the information that we have. Thank you again for providing one of the best vacations ever!
Beth & Tom Eckert with Larry Funner, Liseron first mate.
A. Newton Dilley Grand Rapids, Michigan
"Except for the weather which was marginal but acceptable, and the fishing, which was also marginal but acceptable (I caught 20 dolly varden in two hours on one hole in one river on one day), the trip was a pure joy from beginning to end." Kitty Burton Austin, Texas
"The Inside Passage and the Tongass are the most incredibly beautiful places I have ever experienced. The Observer crew was made up of some of the most wonderful people I have ever known. The combination made for an unforgettable journey."
Jan H. Brunvand Salt Lake City, Utah
“Our trip on the Observer through the Tongass was a wonderful experience, and we will certainly speak up against clear cutting and other depredations there that the government might contemplate.” Ann Johnson Madison, Connecticut
“So quiet a world we could really hear. So clean a world one could smell everything; mosses, trees, salt, fog, flowers. Incredible, humbling, magnificent, enormous. I was moved to tears, touched deeply, bowled over.” The Boat Company
Recipes From Alaskan Waters No doubt one of your fondest memories of your Alaskan trip on the Liseron or the Observer is the wonderful food that added an inch to your waistline in such a short time! Whether you still have a cache of salmon and halibut from the trip, or have to resort to “store-bought,” we wanted to pass along some of the recipes used on board. Steve’s Halibut Sticks Cut up your halibut into thin strips. Prepare a deep frying pan with medium-hot vegetable oil. If you use a deep fryer, maintain a temperature of 450 degrees. Next prepare the dipping (two stages) mixes for the fish:
Homemade Tartar Sauce In a mixing bowl, combine 1 cup of mayonnaise or salad dressing; 1/4th cup of finely chopped sweet or dill pickle or sweet or dill pickle relish, drained; 1 Tablespoon of finely chopped onion; 1 Tablespoon of snipped parsley; 1 Tablespoon diced pimiento; and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice. Cover and chill for at least two hours before serving. Store in a refrigerator up to 2 weeks. Makes 11/4 cups. Jane’s Teriyaki Salmon
2 eggs 1 cup milk Mixed together Bowl of flour Salt and pepper to taste Paprika to taste
Dip the fish first in the egg mixture until covered then place in the flour bowl. A good number can be done this way, then cover with batter and place the strips into the frying pan. Cook until the strips float.... then leave a few more seconds until nicely brown. Serve immediately with a sauce of your choice.
1/4 cup soy sauce 1/3 cup sake or sherry 6 Tbsp. granulated sugar 3 garlic cloves, minced 1 Tbsp. minced ginger root Pour over salmon and refrigerate 2 hours, turning occasionally. Bring salmon to room temperature before cooking. Remove from marinade, reserve marinade. Place fish on oiled rack in baking pan. Broil 5 to 6” from heat. Brush with reserved marinade and cook until opaque...3 to 5 minutes per side, depending on thickness.The marinade may be reheated and used as sauce for serving.
We are putting together a list of commercial fish processors from which you can order more of that wonderful halibut, salmon, crab and shrimp.There are several that pack and freeze “the catch” just as we do on the boats. See the spring newsletter for for more details!
Dear Boat Company: Please send me information on next year’s season. I know of someone who has a vessel and may be interested in donating it to The Boat Company. Please contact me at _______________________ (please provide telephone number). Name: (please print) __________________________________________________ Mail to:The Boat Company, 1730 M Street, NW, Suite 404,Washington D.C. 20036 or call (202) 338-8055.
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