National Fisherman

Thursday, July 28 — I arrived home on San Juan Island on this morning after a solid two months in Bristol Bay.

I had plans of kicking back for a week before I did any fishing-related activity at home, but that idea went to hell when my brother Frank called, informing me there may be a sockeye opening soon, right in my backyard. I would have blown it off, but all my fish customers were asking when I would be catching sockeye, and went on to tell me how excited they are at the thought of a fresh sockeye. So after only three full days at home, I was back on my gillnetter, thinking fish.

It took three solid days' work, which were dispersed through a week, but the Satisfaction hit the water on Thursday, August 4, 2011, just in time to make the first sockeye opening in Puget Sound on Friday, from 2 p.m. to midnight.

That first opening was actually pretty good! I figured on only catching a few, so I didn't bring very many ice chests (where I store cleaned fish to sell on the island). Chaos ensued after I had 150 fish on one set, with no organized place to put them. I wound up selling some fish to the tender but I still had a very successful selling day on San Juan Island. Linda, my deckhand in Bristol Bay who also lives on San Juan Island, joined me for this opening, and also sold a batch of fish at the farmer's market.

Our next opening came a week later on Thursday, August 11, 8 a.m. to midnight; a full day of fishing. There were fewer fish than the previous opening, and more boats as well, but I managed to catch enough for the islanders, and we had a great time doing it.


Inside the Industry

Pink shrimp is the first fishery managed by Washington to receive certification from the global Marine Stewardship Council fisheries standard for sustainable, wild-caught seafood.

The state’s fishery was independently assessed as a scope extension of the MSC certified Oregon pink shrimp fishery, which achieved certification to the MSC standard in December 2007 and attained recertification in February 2013.


NMFS has awarded 16 grants totaling more than $2.5 million as part of its Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program.

The program supports the development of technological solutions and changes in fishing practices designed to minimize bycatch and aims to to find creative approaches and strategies for reducing bycatch, seabird interactions, and post-release mortality in federally managed fisheries.

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