On a rainy, dreary afternoon, Daniel Smith floated — head down — on Buskin Lake. The former Kodiak High School swimming standout had a wetsuit on, but he wasn’t there to turn laps in the lake. Instead, he was there for work.

As a new biologist for the Sun’aq Tribe of Kodiak, Smith was hunting signal crayfish, the speedy invasive species that has made a home in the spacious lake nestled next to Bear Valley Golf Course on Anton Larsen Bay Road.

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