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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Friday, December 17, 2010

King, Sockeye, Keta, All Caught by Matt Marinkovich, Still Available!

Hello Fish Eaters!

The fishing season is over, but we have been selling our fish, frozen, vacuum-packed, with all bones removed, at Compost It AND at the San Juan Island Food Co-op.  It's the same price  at both places, but if you buy over 30-pounds from us you'll get 10% off.

Since the Co-op is closed while it is moving to it's new location next to Bakery San Juan (opening mid-January) I have stocked up with extra fish at Compost It.  Here's what is available:
  • King Salmon fillet portions (from Samish Bay): $12 per pound
  • Sockeye fillet, whole sides (caught right off San Juan Island!): $9 per pound
  • Keta Salmon (chum) fillet, whole sides (caught near Seattle): $6 per pound

This fish all has no bones, was all processed in a family-operated cold storage plant in Burlington, and is all from fish that I personally caught.  It's all REAL GOOD STUFF!

Thanks, and Happy Holidays!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Healthy Return of Frasier River Sockeye Sparks Excitement of the "Old Days."

There has been a buzz around town regarding the Salish Sea Sockeye run this summer.  We experienced the largest return of salmon since 1913.  Some of the fishermen had some big days this year--a nice reminder that Puget Sound fishermen used to make a living right here at home without relying on Alaskan watersheds.  Aahhh, it was nice.  Plus, the sockeye were ESPECIALLY tasty, having to do with their fat content or what they ate or something.  Some of our customers became aware of this extra tasty Sockeye and came back for more every week, so that was fun, too.

This blog is filled with important information, some of it feels pretty doom and gloom about the state of the Frasier River system.  I wanted to retain the good feelings of a great sockeye season but also wanted to address this question that many of you have been wondering:

If the Frasier River is not doing well, then how do you explain this sockeye run?

So, Are Frasier River Salmon In Trouble? or what?

Sockeye Face (photo from Alexandra Morton's webpage)
I've been wondering how this run of salmon could be so great after dismal returns to the Frasier River in recent years. I would like to direct you to Ms. Morton. Please read the following paragraph and then click the link to the rest of the article. This is your official homework. For those of you new to our fish list. I feel it is important for us to stay current on fish news and politics, so occassionally I make parts of these emails "required reading". Because we enjoy eating this wonderful resource for dinner, please take the time to read about our friend salmon:
The 2010 Fraser Sockeye return is a phenomena. The fishermen have not seen it this good for 50 years. They keep thinking the last sockeye has entered Johnstone Strait, but the fish just keep pouring in from the Pacific at both ends of Vancouver Island. I go and float with them every morning in Queen Charlotte Strait and watch them finning all around me, rolling at the surface like porpoises, always pointing south, never stopping. Hundreds of miles away newspapers in Fraser River towns are reporting an economic boon from all the people pouring in to the fish. (read the rest of this article)

Other News

T-shirt Logo
Along with the fresh batch of fish, we have a fresh batch of Matt's Fresh Fish t-shirts (and Compost It t-shirts). These shirts come in all sizes and colors so be sure to purchase one while you are at the shop (or online).  You can wear these t-shirts with pride for several reasons.
  1. We only use t-shirts made with organic cotton or recycled content so you can help save Mother Earth.
  2. We use a local screen printer/artist (Jennifer Rigg of Loea Design) so you can help build local economy-TWICE!
  3. Jennifer also uses environmentally-friendly soy-based inks.
  4. You really can feel pride because Matt Marinkovich really does care about you and the food you eat. He bleeds, cleans and ices while he is out there fishing so you get the freshest, tastiest fish available. There is no comparison when you know who harvested your food and they can tell you all about it.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Shot of Sunlight III

This is the boat that caught the sockeye you ate for dinner recently.   Thanks for being great and loyal customers!  Photo credit goes to Sid Peterson who is a crew member of F/V Katya Dawn, (Matt's brother's boat).

Friday, June 18, 2010

Update on Bristol Bay Sockeye Heading Your Way...

Matt is fishing and has caught a total of four fish.  The run always starts off slow and builds to a crescendo.  I will know more soon as to when you will be able to enjoy this treat from the waters of Bristol Bay.

In the meantime, voice your displeasure about the lack of sockeye available to you in your own Salish Sea.  Norwegian Salmon farms dotting the Frasier River directly in the migratory paths of wild salmon are decimating Frasier River's wild sockeye.  Marine Harvest Canada is a large corporation eating small sustainable fisheries for lunch (Norwegian corporations own 90% of all salmon farms in B.C.).  The loss is to the environment and to the people who live in the Salish Sea and as Alexandra Morton says, "This is a loss to humanity.".  The corporation's first concern is their shareholder, not local economy or quality of life.

Please watch video explaining this problem.

Send the Premier of British Columbia your thoughts.

Every fish customer of our needs to watch this video.  Every fish customer will hopefully take the time to write a short note or donate to the Adopt-A-Fry organization.  Let's not watch foreign corporations destroy any more of our country from Sea to Shining Sea.

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"

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!