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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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Alexandra Morton Speaks to a Packed House

Alexandra Morton hauls in a net she uses to catch salmon fry. After testing the fry for sea lice, she releases them back into the ocean. (Nik West)

Brad Bird, Oceanside Star

Published: Thursday, February 04, 2010
(for the full article click here)

"It's really now or never. This is not a dress rehearsal. These (wild) fish are going down," she said. "But we can turn it around."

Morton lives in Echo Bay in the Broughton Archipelago, near Port McNeill, surrounded by about two dozen fish farms which she has documented are harming wild salmon stocks. Her home has become a stopping point for various marine researchers. She raised her children there and has lived in that wilderness setting since about 1980.

She began her talk by saying how some people suggest she is on a crusade. Others say she has a vendetta against the industry.

"No," she tells them, she's just "a woman cleaning house."

The power to change things isn't really with government, she said, but with each of us.

"The power of one is all we have, but we all have it."

Click Here for Full Article

What I really like about the article is the power we have as individuals to effect change. 

In the same vein, there is more good news: The National Animal Identification System (NAIS) championed by Cargill and Monsanto has been abandoned. The Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund also says that "The change in USDA policy is due to the thousands of people who spoke up in opposition to NAIS."

(Click Here To Read More about this topic)

 So you see, YOU are important.  Every phone call you make and every letter you write makes a difference.  Stay passionate and as Matt says, "Think Fish!"

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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!