Mink Bay, Boca de Quadra

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Mink Bay, Boca de Quadra

by | Apr 8, 2020

Mink Bay is an estuary that extends south for 5.4 miles (8.7 km) from Boca de Quadra, about 3 miles (4.8 km) east of Vixen Bay, and 40 miles (65 km) southeast of Ketchikan, Alaska. Mink Bay was one of many arbitrary names applied to features in this area in 1891 by the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey.

Boca de Quadra is a fjord that extends southwest from the Keta River to Revillagigedo Channel in Southeastern Alaska. The bay was named in 1792 for Juan Francisco de Bodega y Quadra by Jacinto Caamano, to commemorate Quadra’s expeditions and surveys in the region in 1775–79. The name was adopted by Captain George Vancouver who also explored this estuary on August 6, 1793.

Stone fish traps have been used for thousands of years in many places around the world. A fish weir or trap is generally a wall or barrier placed in tidal waters or rivers to direct the passage of fish into a basket or net. Fish traps in the marine intertidal zone were built to catch migratory fish such as salmon and eels. In the Pacific Northwest, fish traps were constructed of stones to take advantage of the large tidal range and were used to corral salmon. Read more here and here. See a short video of a British Columbia fish trap in action here. Explore more of Mink Bay here:

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