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, March 24, 2010

Matt is running for the BBRSDA --Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association

Matt writes,

I would like to sit on the BBRSDA board because I feel my outlook is different than that of the current board. I would bring my ideas to the board with a spirit of cooperation so the board can continue doing good things that bring positive changes to our fishery.
I understand the importance of chilling fish, and I applaud the efforts of the current board and the programs they have created. Ice on the grounds, for example, is a vitally important building block in the infrastructure needed to bring Bristol Bay sockeye to another level.
I see an important area that is not being addressed by the current board, and that is fishermen’s direct marketing and/or self-processing of their product. When fishermen control their product from catch to the end sale, there becomes a whole new meaning to the phrase “Independent Fisherman”.
There are already a hand full of fishermen who are set up to process their entire catch of fish in Bristol Bay. These fishermen aren’t concerned with the price the processors are paying because they are getting their payments from the end customer, or a wholesaler just one step back from the end consumer. The numbers are working for those doing it, and I’m sure there will be more fishermen doing this as well.
I don’t have a giant plan laid out that will magically create 20 new small processing plants in Bristol Bay, but I do think this is a very realistic number, and eventually it will happen on its own. I would like the BBRSDA to listen to fishermen who are already active in, or plan to start, self-processing or direct marketing their fish, then act on suggestions that would make it easier for these plants be started up. With that spirit of cooperation with this growing sector in Bristol Bay, maybe there actually will be 20 small plants in a few years.
If 20 small plants processed the fish of 30 fishermen, that is the same as a new processor entering the Bay. The difference is that this 30-boat “fleet” would tirelessly market their catch on the domestic market, reaching consumers on a grass-roots level with an effectiveness that no other marketing plan could come close to matching. Nobody can sell a fish better than the person who caught it, and nobody is more innovative than a Bristol Bay fishermen (especially when they have a bunch of debt to pay off).
Not only would these self-processor/marketers make a difference on the sockeye market, they would also have a very positive impact to the local economies of Naknek, Dillingham, or where ever these progressive fishermen choose to set up their plants. All of the existing small plants I know about are set up on property owned by local people who are a part of the communities. These micro-processing plants create local money that stays in the community, which will help build the economy around fishing, which I feel it is vitally important so these communities will not resort to resource extraction companies that could have a devastating impact on our fishery.
Please consider adding a new viewpoint to the BBRSDA board, and vote for Matt Marinkovich.

This is an example of how Matt cares for your dinner.

One of the ways Matt delivers a quality fish is by slush icing.  P.S. There are a distinct lack of sea lice on these wild caught salmon.  Watch the video below and get grossed out by open container fish farms, then help get out migration and walk with Alexandra Morton up in B.C. Earth day to Mother's Day.   

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Let's support Canada and the Salish Sea and Walk with Alexandra Morton!

Wild Salmon are sacred, the Get Out Migration

We cannot match the corporate Norwegian fish farm PR machine, nor their lobbying power. So we are simply inviting people worldwide to make our rejection of this destructive industry visible to the world by joining us on foot, electronically and by mail. This will be a peaceful, colourful, musical, fun, family-oriented act of humanity to preserve a fish that feeds our world – wild salmon. Unless we all stand up our fish will continuing dying of politics that no longer serve the people, nor our living world.

The Migration

 Salmon Are Sacred GET OUT MIGRATION

I have decided it is time to take the issue of industrial salmon farming to the people in an unprecedented way. I have written letters, done the science, met with government and industry around the world, engaged in government processes, talked to thousands of people, been the subject of international media and films and today I stand facing a vertical wall of impenetrable denial. Nothing has brought reason to this situation. We will lose our wild salmon if government continues to carelessly put farm salmon before wild salmon every time.

Because there has been no significant progress in spite of this enormous effort and time spent by many, I no longer feel there is hope of reforming this industry. Government is allowing Norwegian salmon farmers to continue denying even the most basic issues, like sea lice and ISA virus introduction. If we let this play out our wild fish simply will not survive

So it is time for the Get Out Migration. I am not talking about all aquaculture. I am referring specifically to the massive scale Norwegian feedlots. There are Canadian fish farmers who know how to use tanks on land who are not impacting our wild salmon and herring. This is about saving wild salmon and all of us who depend on them.

Alex and ahta
I will begin deep in the beautiful Ahta River in late April with the salmon and move by boat through the Broughton Archipelago to Sointula. On Earth day I will simply start walking to Victoria and ask people join me to stand up along the way and be counted. I will communicate our progress and connect the countries facing this industry through the website We hold salmon as sacred because they so generously feed our world. They built the soil of this province with their flesh, they grow our children, they feed the trees that make the oxygen we breath, they are food security in a world losing ability to even pollinate flowers.

When we get to Victoria, we will meet with representatives from government.

We cannot match the corporate PR machine, nor their lobbying power. So I am simply inviting people to make themselves visible by joining us on foot, electronically and by mail. This will be peaceful, colourful, musical, fun, family oriented. Unless we stand up and become visible, government will continue to degrade the laws of Canada to the benefit of the salmon farming industry, as suggested in the most recent throne speech. The salmon farming industry must be free to grow relentlessly to meet their responsibility to their European shareholders. We will carry a message to the Federal government – do not degrade the Fisheries Act again so that it no longer protects the fish that belong to the people of Canada.

Please stand up for wild salmon by joining a migration emerging from the Broughton Archipelago on then leaving Sointula on 22nd April and closing with a blessing in Victoria on Mothers’ Day (9th May). If you are interested in hosting other events, leading a migration arm from the Fraser River Valley, Gold River or other places in B.C. or just joining us for one step of the way please let us know.

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!