August 8, 2006

I’m so desparate to find someone – anyone- to sell me quality pink salmon that I got my 18 foot skiff licensed to go out and get them directly off of gillnet vessels as they harvest them. Things were going okay till the weather kicked up a little. I pulled up to the brother of a friend of mine, and he warned me that it didn’t look like a real safe operation I had going on. I told him I knew, it was my first try, and I’d be careful. He dropped fish down to me, and I left for home, with a slight chop to the quarter stern. Then the outboard cut down – I was about out of fuel, and was not in a good situation, as a stern wave could swamp me. A full 1/2 tote of fish was between me and the outboard can I needed to fill, and I could not get the tote moved, as I bobbed up and down in the seas. I could see the gillnetter who warned me coming over to make sure I was okay. After several minutes, I finally got the can free, filled it, and got on my way. I just about kissed the dock when I got there, and learned I’m not going this route again. I’ve got to get fishermen onboard before the season starts to do what I need so that they will allow me to buy their fish and give them money. Funny how some people make that so hard…

Mark Stopha and Sara Hannan
Alaska Wild Salmon Company
Wild Salmon and Salmon Pet Treats
4455 N. Douglas Hwy
Juneau, AK 99801

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