Justin Evans and Resnick Duong, employees for Douglas Island Pink & Chum, use an aluminum skiff as an ice breaker Thursday in Gastineau Channel near DIPAC. The ice was being broken so that when barges arrive they won't push ice into the costly hatchery floats, pictured in the foreground, and damage them. It's no U.S. Coast Guard polar icebreaker, but it'll do for this, the men said. "We're good up to four inches," Evans said. Thick, fat flakes soon covered the boat-broken paths.