Hudson Fish Company is a
commercial fishing business serving customers in the Berkeley
Area for over ten years.
Family owned, Hudson Fish offers
the finest troll-caught Wild King Salmon, California Halibut,
Albacore Tuna and Dungeness Crabs direct to the public via three
local Farmers' Markets. The fish are handled with extreme care,
bled, gilled and gutted immediately after being caught. After
cleaning the fish are refrigerated and stored at 32° F until
the boat returns to port.
Our fish are caught with hook
& line and traps, never with nets. This assures the best
quality (no bruising from netting, the fish get to the boat
alive), and also no impact on non-target species or the ocean
Yvette and Mike Hudson are directly
involved in a multitude of issues regarding the sustainability
and restoration of our Salmon Runs as Directors on the Board
of the Small
Boat Commercial Salmon Fishermen's Association, and also
work diligently through a network of environmental organizations
for the future of our oceans. Please visit our "Links"
page for more information on the challenges our oceans face
in these modern times.
Introducing our new boat!!!!!
Cash Flo II, our new boat, March 2013
and here's what we catch on Cash Flo
If you are looking for seafood
of the highest quality, caught in a sustainable way - you came
to the right place!
Have an excellent day,
Captain Mike & Skipperette Yvette
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Out to sea beyond his
berth at Berkeley Marina, where stinging winds whip the Pacific
into a froth of whitecaps, fisherman Mike Hudson has seen large
sharks and battled treacherous 16-foot seas.
But what really scares him is the shrinking king salmon population
and the loss of the fresh-flowing water needed to support
his ancient way of life. Three decades ago, California had 4,000
licensed salmon boats; now, the number has fallen to 1,200,
only half of which go out every year.
The salmon he seeks take a journey much like the snowflake,
hatching in cold waters and then migrating to the ocean. But
as the Tuolumne and other rivers dwindle, there is less water
to flush the young fish out to the Delta, which already is a
tough neighborhood for baby salmon to navigate. Moreover, adults
have a hard time returning up the river to spawn due
to all the dammed reservoirs.
Once, millions of salmon swam off Californias coast.
This years population is estimated at 630,000. The drought
has triggered emergency measures to save them from extinction,
with the state shipping baby salmon, by truck, because theres
not enough water for them to swim.
And fishers like Hudson are disappearing with the diminishing
catch. Three years ago, when populations dropped so low that
fishing was banned, some guys threw in the towel,
he said. You cry a lot.
The rivers are just shadows of what they used to be,
said Hudson, who fishes 75 miles offshore between Monterey and
Bodega bays and sells his catch at the Berkeley, El Cerrito
and Kensington farmers markets.
Spring runoff is a conveyor belt of precious cargo
baby salmon to the ocean. Now we dont have the
same type of runoff, he said.
All fish need is water, said Hudson, shaking his
head. Just add water.
Captain Mike was on
"Work with Marty Nemko" on San Francisco's NPR
station KALW. Click the link to listen to the show.
9/25/2013 Hudson Fish
Company gets a write-up in the East Bay Express:
New Rules Threaten Small Fishermen
Locals say a system designed to share the ocean's wealth will
send them into bankruptcy, and privatize the public waterways.
By Alastair Bland
January 26. 2011, East Bay Express
January 11, a new fishery management system took effect in ocean
waters off California, Oregon, and Washington. Federal fishery
managers consider the new system to be a safer, more sustainable
management plan because it assigns individual fishermen a portion
of the entire fishing fleet's annual quota and is designed to
guarantee them an income while safeguarding against overfishing.
But three groups, composed mostly of small-boat fishermen, have
jointly sued the US Secretary of Commerce and the National Marine
Fisheries Service in an attempt to halt what they say is a recipe
for industry consolidation, loss of jobs, and, with time, corporate
ownership of the ocean's resources.
lawsuit, filed last fall, is pending in San Francisco federal
court. "Banks, processing plants, and big corporations
could end up with ownership of fish before they're even caught,"
said Mike Hudson, a commercial fisherman in Berkeley. "They'll
buy all the little guys' quotas and eventually just a few boats
will be doing all the work, and hundreds of small fishermen
will be out of work."
When President Obama joked about the unwieldy regulatory system
overseeing salmon fishing in his State of the Union address
Tuesday evening, some laughed, but members of the fishing community
took notice despite the fact that the regulatory departments
Obama referenced in the speech are not on the top of their list
of grievances with the government.
There are twelve different agencies that deal with exports.
There are at least five different entities that deal with housing
policy, the president said Tuesday night. Then theres
my favorite example: the Interior Department is in charge of
salmon while theyre in fresh water, but the Commerce Department
handles them in when theyre in saltwater. And I hear it
gets even more complicated once theyre smoked.
Mike Hudson, president of the Small Boat Commercial Salmon
Fishermens Association, told The Daily Caller that he
was a bit surprised and unsure of what to make of the presidents
reference to salmon fishing. He was pleased, however, that Obama
seemed to be aware of the industry, despite the fact that government
policies have been harming the fishing business for multiple
At least were on the presidents radar screen
somewhere, if just as a little blip on the outer range,
Hudson said. The president so far has not been friendly
to our Salmon and Salmon fishermen, he has continued the same
tired old policies of the Bush era that weve been fighting
all along in the courts.