The Puget Sound sockeye returns were supposed to be spectacular this season. Due to abnormally warm water temperatures, most of the Frasier River sockeye never made it to U.S. waters. Eventhough, the salmon didn't pour into Point Roberts or the Salmon Banks, it was still an awesome experience to fish in such historic waters. I can't wait for the next big push of salmon that pour into Puget Sound! We will get them next time…
Fishermen’s Terminal in Seattle is buzzing this time of year, as fishermen ready their boats and gear for the upcoming salmon seining season in southeast alaska. Typically, it takes about a week of 8 to 10 hours days to completely rework the net.
“The ocean is so acidic that it is dissolving the shells of our baby oysters,” says Diani Taylor of Taylor Shellfish Farms in Shelton, Washington. She and her cousin Brittany are fifth-generation oyster farmers, and are grappling with ocean waters that are more acidic and corrosive than their fathers, grandfathers, and great-grandfathers knew.
This “ocean acidification” is one planetary response to humans’ burning of fossil fuels, which releases carbon dioxide that is absorbed by the oceans. According to the National Climate Assessment, oceans currently absorb about a quarter of human-caused carbon dioxide emissions to the atmosphere, leading to ocean acidification that will alter marine ecosystems in dramatic yet uncertain ways.
To learn more about ocean acidification, go tohttp://www.NCA2014.globalchange.gov
This is a quick edit I made with Pinnacle Studio Smartmovie. Most of the footage is from Puget Sound when we fished outside Orcas Island. It was a truly beautiful summer in Southeast Alaska, but I really enjoyed the time we spent in the San Juan Islands in September. The weather was flawlessly beautiful and warm. For the first time in years, I got to brail salmon! It was alot more work than I remembered. I guess it had something to do with the huge run of pink salmon pushing through the sound. What an incredible summer…
The F/V Norsel was one of the big heros of the fall chum run in Puget Sound this year. In three days, the Norsel caught more than most boats catch for an entire fall season on an average year. Thanks to my buddy Chuck for the sweet pic and keen eye in the skiff.
Pike's Place Market really knows to display a cornucopia of marine life. Thousands of tourists flood the market each day to see the local bounty of the Pacific Northwest. The seafood displays usually take front stage as fishmongers call out the catch of the day and toss a fish or two. As you can see in this tasty shot, the seafood usually speaks for itself. Happy Holidays!
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.