June 7, 2005

Traveled to Chatham yesterday. Caught one king upon arrival. Today, 3 kings and 2 lost at the boat so far. Sunny and warm again. Incredibly, now the autopilot, which I repaired last year, is acting up. Hpoefully just a little air in the system, as after a midday nap, it now appears to be working fine. The rebuilt transmission appears to be running just fine. It appears our waters are becoming more and more of a police state. The Coast Guard appears to be checking every fishing boat in their radar range. Not sure what threat our little fishing boats are to national security so far from any important strategic or economic center, but it makes you wonder hoe much of our freedom and privacy we are willing to give up. We, after all, elect the people who dictate national security policy.

Mark Stopha
F/V Dutch Master
Alaska Wild Salmon Co
4455 N Douglas Hwy
Juneau, Alaska 99801

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