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At Sea Diary

Matt MarinkovichMatt Marinkovich’s weekly At Sea Diary entry is a popular feature of the National Fisherman Web site, and now you can post your own reflections on Matt’s experiences fishing in the Pacific Northwest and North Pacific.

I sold our freshly-caught sockeye on Friday, August 12, at the San Juan Island Food Co-op, and again Linda sold them at the farmers market on the following day. We also brought back all of our pink salmon, which she sold at the market for only $7 or $9 each, depending on the size.

I had been planning on fishing for kings with my three daughters on Sunday, August 14, but they gave us a sockeye opening on that same day, so I had to make a decision. Because of the threatening weather (I didn't think 6-year-old Lucy would like a storm), I opted to leave the kids at home and fish sockeye.

Sockeye fishing was slow and the weather turned out to be beautiful. I managed to send a toteload of fish to the processing plant to be turned into premium pin-bone-out vac-pac fillets to sell to the islanders over the winter months.

I still pulled off the family king salmon fishing trip. Sophia, Lucy, and my wife, Maureen, fished Samish Bay on Tuesday, August 16. It was an all-night event as it opened at 7 p.m., and we let the net soak until 10 before we hauled, then after it was finally up we had a 3-hour run back to Friday Harbor. We had a couple handfuls of kings, and we sold them all in short order at the Co-op the next day.

Next, I am heading over to Samish Bay to (hopefully) catch a few kings on Sunday, August 21. The sockeye opening has been put on hold for some reason or another, but we might fish sometime this week. We'll see what happens.

TO BE CONTINUED...

Inside the Industry

The following was released by the Maine Department of Marine Resources on Jan. 22:

The Maine Department of Marine Resources announced an emergency regulation that will support the continued rebuilding effort in Maine’s scallop fishery. The rule, effective January 23, 2016, will close the Muscle Ridge Area near South Thomaston and the Western Penobscot Bay Area.

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Louisiana’s Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, which governs commercial and recreational fishing in the state, got a new boss in January. Charlie Melancon, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and state legislator, was appointed to the job by the state’s new governor, John Bel Edwards.

Although much of his non-political work in the past has centered on the state’s sugar cane industry, Melancon said he is confident that other experience, including working closely with fishermen when in Congress, has prepared him well for this new challenge.

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