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.

To be notified when the next batch of fish is available,
join the Fish List and we'll send an email when the fish are in!
(Be sure to select between the San Juan, Orcas, or Seattle lists)

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!

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!