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.

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Sea Lice Video by Georgia Strait Alliance--Very Good

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