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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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)

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.


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

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 at

Next week is a Global Week of Action on salmon farms

Please view the film trailer

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 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:

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

Alexandra Morton

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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!