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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.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 — I started to write this we were running in from the fishing grounds, looking to deliver our catch, on the evening of Monday, March 26.

We were on the run back in at 8 p.m., about 30 hours after we left Sitka to go fishing. This was a really quick, easy, and fun trip. We had a few pounds of cleanup fish to catch, to top off our quota — too much to leave but not enough to work too hard to catch — we baited up the gear we needed before we left on Sunday, March 25, then sailed a few hours northwest of Salisbury Sound (six hours from town), slapped out the gear, started hauling the next morning, and now we're done. We were scheduled to deliver Tuesday at 6 a.m.

So we made the delivery, did a few errands, and then got out of town in a hurry to beat the weather. We are leaving RIGHT NOW at 1:20 p.m. on Tuesday. This is definitely the most fast-tracked longline trip we had ever done. This schedule is mostly driven by our desire to take advantage of the nice weather.


Inside the Industry

NMFS recently released a draft action plan for fish discard and release mortality science, creating a list of actions that they hope can better inform fisheries.

We know that fishermen have to deal with bycatch by discarding or releasing unwanted catch overboard, but there is a data gap regarding how those fish survive.


A new study has identified a set of features common to all ocean ecosystems that provide a visual diagnosis of the health of the underwater environment coastal communities rely on.

Together, the features detail cumulative effects of threats -- such as overfishing, pollution, and invasive species,  allowing responders to act faster to increase ocean resiliency and sustainability.

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