Matt Marinkovich, commercial fisherman. Catching fish for YOU!

Matt Marinkovich gillnets for salmon out of Friday Harbor, WA.
He sells his catch locally on San Juan and Orcas Island.

He catches sockeye, pink, chinook (king), coho (silver), and keta (chum) salmon. Every fish is bled and iced immediately, then dressed and packed in ice shortly after. Matt fishes close to home so the fish are usually available within hours of being caught.

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Monday, November 30, 2009

Letter Reprinted From Alexandra Morton. It's Good News!

Hello All

We are one step closer to applying the laws of Canada to salmon farming! It was a pivotal day in court. Although it is only one more step towards enforcing the laws of Canada on fish farmers, it was essential if we are to bring reason to this situation.

In September I laid charges against Marine Harvest for illegal possession of juvenile wild salmon. This came after months of correspondence with Fisheries and Oceans, asking them to uphold the Fisheries Act and lay a charge themselves.

Today was our third court appearance. The first two were simply to set dates, and then extend those dates so that the Department of Justice could review the details of the case. Today's appearance was a "process hearing" with a judge to lay out the charge and our evidence. The judge could either have refused to issue a summons, or approve the charge.

Today in Port Hardy, the judge approved the charge and a summons will be issued to Marine Harvest to appear in court and the trial could proceed.

There are several directions this could take from this point:

1. The Department of Justice could take the case over and run the case. My lawyer, Jeff Jones and I are hoping this will occur as this is truly David against Goliath, a tiny North Island law firm working Pro Bono to date, against a multi billion dollar international corporation. A round of applause for Jeffery and Marianne Jones they have done so much already!

2. If the Department of Justice takes the case, they could proceed to trial where all evidence can be heard, and a Judge will rule on the merit of the case. Or, the Department of Justice can stay the charges and the case is closed without a trial.

3. Jeff Jones and I might have to run the trial ourselves. While this seems a good idea, the reality is a tidal wave of paperwork that could overwhelm his firm, even though this appears to be an extremely straightforward charge which many fishermen have faced. However, well funded corporate defendants can stretch a trial out for days if not weeks, making it extremely costly for a private citizen to enforce the Fisheries Act.

In any case we are setting precedence. Canada cannot manage its fisheries in a sustainable way unless the laws about how many fish are caught are enforced. Over-fishing is a global problem, it is not sound management to allow salmon farmers unlimited access to BC wild fish.

Thanks to all of you for all your support. If you know anyone who would like to join us in signing the letter to the Minister of Fisheries to PLEASE ENFORCE THE FISHERIES ACT, the letter is still on our website www.adopt-a-fry.org. Until the Federal government is
willing to uphold the laws of Canada we will continue to do what we can to fill the void.

My deepest thanks to all of you, we face tough stretch ahead, but once again the courts have agreed with our position.

A remarkable film will be released next week on the Global impact of salmon farming, here is the trailer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eggrGn0V0fg

No individual can right the wrongs we have wreaked on our planet. Thank you all for being with me on this.

alexandra

Monday, November 9, 2009

Important Information from Alexandra Morton. Please Read. Please Sign!



Photo taken from Ms. Morton's website (click on the photo and it gets really big.  It is super cool.)


Dear Wild Fish Enthusiasts,


I have reprinted a letter from Alexandra Morton that we all should read.  I have emailed and requested a copy of the upcoming film to show in our community.  I will keep you posted.   As you may have read our geographical region has just been officially named "Salish Sea."  Let's make our voices heard for this important region.  This is not a Canadian issue.  These salmon are unaware of political boundaries and you did not enjoy sockeye this year from your local commercial fisherman for a reason.  Your voice is needed.  Let's represent our Salish Sea!  I just want to say that taking the time to sign your name to this petition is VERY IMPORTANT.  Your voice is valued as a fish consumer.




Hello

The Terms of the Judicial Inquiry called by Prime Minister Stephen Harper into the demise of the Fraser sockeye are both sweeping and specific enough to get to the bottom of what happened to the Fraser sockeye and recommend the changes to how Fisheries and Oceans Canada is run to benefit all wild fish in Canada. We have made HUGE progress!

I posted a link to the Terms on my blog 
http://alexandramorton.typepad.com/

This means we are no longer on the outside but we cannot abandon this process, we cannot rest assured it will do what we want if we don’t stay with it. Please make your concerns known to me and the Inquiry.

This Inquiry will take 2 years and in the meantime we still need to push as hard as we can to get the Fisheries Act applied to the fish farms right now.  The recent revelations around the farm salmon escape at Port Elizabeth highlight the importance of this (see most recent blog post).

So I have embedded a flyer on my blog that you can download and post.  We need to see the Fisheries Act applied ASAP. I will continue to lay charges under theFisheries Act with your financial help, but this is a stop gap effort. The government should be doing this not us!  We need 100,000 signatures on our letter athttp://www.adopt-a-fry.org/

Next week is a Global Week of Action on salmon farms http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/event.php?eid=167112434482&ref=ts

Please view the film trailer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eggrGn0V0fg

The entire film will be posted in a week.  If you would like to get a CD of this film to set up a viewing please contact the filmmaker Damien Gillis
damien@slingshotcommunications.com. If you are in Vancouver there will be a showing at:

Date: Thursday, November
Time: 7-9 PM
Location: SFU Segal Centre  - Room 1500-500 Granville St. (Downtown Vancouver - Granville & Pender)
Cost: $10 for Public / $5 for Students & Seniors

For more information on the global issues with salmon farms: http://www.farmedsalmonexposed.org/

Thank you all for staying with this..... We are in the homestretch!

Alexandra Morton

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Rabbits For Meat or Pets


Hello, everyone. We have a poll going on at our sister site. It all has to do with eating local foods. We would appreciate a moment of your valuable time.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Fraser River's salmon stocks 'beyond a crisis'


"The mysterious collapse of the B.C. sockeye run has dashed hopes raised just weeks ago of a good return this year," says Mark Hume in an article from The Globe and Mail. This is a little depressing and I will post something upbeat about fishing very soon, even if it is a silly picture of Matthew, but it is our duty to be well-informed about our livelihood and think it is prudent for all of us to be up-to-date with the news. So, I will post the latest and most important news for our region right here and you can take a moment to read the article by MARK HUME (VANCOUVER). You can also watch an animated video about sea lice if you scroll down a little. I found this photo on the Georgia Strait website. Isn't that sad? Thumbs down on fish farming. Yuck. Ptooey. Thanks for taking the time to be on the cutting edge.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Wild Salmon Heading Your Way


Matt (and Maddy) have returned from Bristol Bay. We will have frozen sockeye fillets (Matt's own catch) available for purchase pretty soon. We are waiting for the Frasier River Panel to determine when we get our openings. They come at short notice and can come at any time. Our openings are dependant on fish abundance and we are still waiting for the sockeye to show up in mass. Matt also wants you to know that we are selling pink salmon this year. We will catching pink salmon along with the sockeye and on directed openings starting the third week of Aug.

Sockeye: $6.00/lb dressed (head off)
Sockeye: $4.50/lb round (undressed)
Pinks: $7.00/each dressed (head off)
Pinks: $5.00/each round (undressed)

There is NO EXCUSE not to eat wild salmon this year. Pinks are the salmon of the economic downturn. No balking either--these pinks are practically still swimming and are in excellent shape so come when I call.
Now is the time to sign up for the fish list. Local salmon is coming your way!

Friday, July 31, 2009

Sea Lice Video by Georgia Strait Alliance--Very Good

Sea lice on a salmon smolt. Sea lice naturally occur on wild adult salmon but die as soon as the adult salmon swim up stream into fresh water. Adult salmon have a natural defense against these parasites, scales; and therefore the lice are benign. Unfortunately, the salmon farms are breeding grounds for billions of sea lice. These sea lice are then easily transferred to the vulnerable young salmon as they migrate from the rivers, pass the farms on their way to open ocean. Since many of these young salmon do not have scales yet, they do not survive the sea lice infestation from the farms. This smolt is too small for sea lice; it will most likely not survive. @Carrie Vonderhaar, Ocean Futures Society/KQED

Sea Lice and Wild Salmon Video. Educate Yourself. Great for Kids!