News and Views from the Back Deck
Bistro Owner Evan Mallett explains how purchasing local, sustainable seafood, both wild and farmed, has been a boon to his business. Bistro patrons get the freshest seafood and local fishermen are supported by their community.
San Pedro is one of the strangest harbors that I have fished out of. The facilities are lacking, nets just pile up on the breakwater and fishermen mill about the old canneries at the mouth of the harbor. The entire harbor has a sense history surrounded by a modern world. You can literally see the old harbor based on fishing versus the new harbor designed for trade. If you ever happen to be in the area, cruise down and check out battle of old versus new for yourself. You might be surprised by what you prefer…
Take a look at Kolstrand’s latest innovation for the purse seine industry. The purse line was traditionally stacked by a crewmember, but innovation has changed the pace of the fishing operation and many fishermen are switching to an auto purse option. Kolstrand delivers an easy alternative to another looking to automate the pursing process.
“The Superbowl Of Seining” occurs in Sitka, Alaska every spring as herring spawn in massive volumes of biomass. Alot os riding on the upcoming season, considering last years’s early spawn out. Stay tuned for the latest updates here on Juneautek.
The last boat trip of the season is over. I could bore you with the details of our massive catches, back breaking procedures, and our undying devotion to the pursuit of salmon. Instead, I will focus on the pure essence of crewmanship and the culmination of an incredible year of salmon harvesting. Crew spirits were at an all time high, especially since we didn't even make a set for the day. We had one last day to absorb being on the boat and understand the transition to non #boatlife. Thanks to all aboard the F/V Quandary for an incredible trip. Yes, I did fish the record breaking fun of the the 2013 Puget Sound Chum Run!
After much deliberation, I find myself on the decks of the F/V Quandary for the last chum salmon opener of the 2013 Puget Sound season. I've yet to speculate on our catch, we are currently heading deep into Hood Canal to find the darkest of gators! Hopefully there are tons of fish piled up back in there.
In honor of the new ComFishFilmfest website, we themed a few prints of the Humpynami “Red Tide” T-shirts with the colors from the new website. Yes, you can get your hands on these T's at the Pacific Marine Expo this coming week. We have limited numbers and we will be printing another round in different colors. The Humpynami concept is the brain child of Bob Poor and his artist friend Roger McKay did the layout. I used Aurora Projekt here in Juneau to print these limited editions up and we will have more to come in the next few weeks. If you were part of the incredible summer that we had last year, then you need a Humpynami T shirt. All proceeds go to the upcoming ComFishFilmFest “Pub Trawl” Film Tour, coming to a local bar near you. More details coming soon… Oh yeah, the website is up too, check out www.fishfilmfest.com to see our new digs. It's not quite an official launch, but whoever reads this is welcomed. Sign up on the new website (sorry facebook sign on is a work in progress) and you might just win one of these T Shirts.
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Commercial fishing in Alaska has defined my life for the past 16 years. When I'm not fishing, I take to the interwebs and try to keep up with all tech things that move so much faster than me.