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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

NOAA recently published a proposed rule that would implement a traceability plan to help combat IUU fishing. The program would seek to trace the origins of imported seafood by setting up reporting and filing procedures for products entering the U.S.

The traceability program would collect data on harvest, landing, and chain of custody of fish and fish products that have been identified as particularly vulnerable to IUU fishing and fraud.

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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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