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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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Sockeye Coming Soon!

I will be shipping down a batch of FRESH SOCKEYE salmon from Bristol Bay. I will catch these fish and take care of them like little babies so you can have the best possible fish-eating experience possible. The price is $6.00 per pound. I'm just guessing, but I could have the first batch here as soon as Friday, June 18.

This is possible because I am working with a guy who self-processes and direct-markets 100% of his Bristol Bay salmon catch (that's no small feat), and he will process my fish and have them on a flight to Seattle in short order. From there I work with a cold-freight mover to bring them to Marine View Cold Storage in Burlington, who will repack them in totes with LOTS of ice, then Heuristic Enterprises will bring them back to Friday Harbor for you to come and buy from Compost It!

I know it is a lot of effort to get them down here, but since we have not had a sockeye fishery for THREE YEARS here in the San Juan Islands, I figured I would assure our fish-eating pubic an opportunity to sink their teeth into a FRESH sockeye by shipping them from the abundant harvest of Bristol Bay.

If you want to do something to help bring our local sockeye back to the San Juan Islands, please become involved in the fight against farmed salmon in B.C. There are numerous fish farms located on the out-migration routes of the salmon smolt, which fall victim to out-of-control (controlled by nasty chemicals) sea lice, which latch onto the tiny smolt and suck them dry like a vampire. There's no wild fish left in Norway; we have to do something to keep Canada from having the same fate.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Open-Container Fish Farms (Marine Harvest Canada), Pebble Mine (Northern Dynasty and Anglo American) and The Gulf of Mexico Spill (BP Global)

An oil-soaked pelican takes flight after Louisiana Fish and Wildlife employees tried to corral him on an island in Barataria Bay on Sunday, May 23, 2010. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert).  For the source of this photo and to see many more please click here.

Giant corporations are having large negative impacts on the environment.  Please take action against Pebble Mine.  Please take action against open-container fish farms in our Salish Sea.  Please stay disgusted.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Oil Spill in The Gulf of Mexico

Deepwater Horizon in flames before sinking. Photo provided by D.Becnel

Matt and his boat are signed up with the Marine Spill Response Corporation (MSRC). When he took his HAZWOPER (Hazardous Work Operations and Emergency Responses) training class years ago, the instructor told him, "the most important thing is to look like you're doing something." Keep that in mind when you are listening to the news about the clean-up in the Gulf of Mexico. Following is an email I received from my friend Erik including a link to this article:

"I don't know if you all know Greg Palast any, but he's one of the few real deep-investigative reporters that I know of. In the years I've been reading his stuff, it's always been spot-on, and under-reported in the mainstream media.

He did extensive work on the Valdez situation up in Alaska, and apparently BP was up to its eyeballs in stingy corner-cutting there that helped a minor grounding turn into a major ecological disaster (which still hasn't been fully cleaned or paid for by Exxon or BP).

Anyway, food for thought, at least.


-- Erik"

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Drill rig hose dumping grey slurry into the tundra, Pebble East. Photo by Erin McKittrick for more photos click here.

Click on the Pebble Mine logo in right column to learn more about Pebble Mine.  You can also view a beautiful slideshow of the region where Pebble Mine may be destined to set up shop.  We can stop this.  Don't let large corporations come in and destroy fragile ecosystems and viable commercial fisheries.  Let's keep the headwaters of Bristol Bay clean and pure.  If BP has a cap on the amount their financial responsibility in the Gulf of Mexico, then any mine malfunction or disaster in Bristol Bay will ultimately cost to the environment and the people who make Alaska their home.  Just say no to companies who's (remember when corporations used to be that and not who?) goal is essentially to make a profit for their shareholders--at all costs.  Say yes to innovative fishermen and people who want to make a living or a home for themselves and their families without destroying their environment and health.

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!