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2016: The year Bristol Bay landed its 2,000,000,000th salmon

When the commercial fleet caught the 10,033,455 salmon this season on July 6, it marked the two billionth fish harvested since 1884. Who gets credit? Everybody, of course.
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courtesy Michelle Ravenmoon

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report July 22, 2016

The run hit the pre-season point forecast Thursday, harvest is well beyond what was expected, and….we’re ready for a break. For our fortieth and final show, we take a look back.
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Lisa Andreano, Michael Walgren, courtesy USFWS

Bristol Bay and Beyond, July 8, 2016

This week, we go looking for that two billionth salmon, visit with historian John Branson, get the skinny on reported PSP in Chigniks, and hear about two gray whales that died badly at Cape Pierce.
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What salmon habitat issues worry fishermen? What's the best way to talk about them? That's what the state's largest fishing organization is trying to find out.

Courtesy Alaska Department of Fish and Game

To the west of Bristol Bay, Area M fishermen are still hauling in fish offshore from the Alaska Peninsula.

Anchorage grand jury does not find cause to indict Fr. Michael Nicolai, 40, on attempted sexual assault charge.

Dozens rescued from down factory trawler

Jul 27, 2016

The Coast Guard and two Good Samaritan vessels rescued 46 people from a vessel that went down in the Aleutians yesterday.

Researchers Find New Whale Species In Western Alaska

Jul 26, 2016
Unalaska City School District

Researchers think they’ve found a new species of whale in Western Alaska. A new study published in Marine Mammal Science is identifying the find as a relative of the Baird’s beaked whale.

Oregon Man Found Dead Aboard F/V Rondys

Jul 26, 2016
Cate Gomez/KDLG

An Oregon man was found dead Sunday evening aboard the fishing vessel Rondys. Alaska State Troopers say they were dispatched to the ship near Clark's Point just before 7 p.m. Sunday, where they found 43-year-old David John Williams deceased; investigation revealed Williams died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. No foul play was suspected.

Father Michael Nicolai has been suspended from his duties at the Russian Orthodox church after allegations of domestic violence and attempted sexual assault. 

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report July 22, 2016

Jul 22, 2016
courtesy Michelle Ravenmoon

The run hit the pre-season point forecast Thursday, harvest is well beyond what was expected, and….we’re ready for a break. For our fortieth and final show, we take a look back. 

BBBPD

Nathan G. Wegner, 31, and Brandi N. Smith, 27, were found in possession of more than 23 grams of heroin and $6700 cash Thursday at Peterson Point. Wegner escaped custody Friday, but was recaptured within the hour. 

Bristol Bay, you’ve harvested 34 million fish this summer, and the catch keeps going. No limits, sunny days, but a few still ask: is it worth it?

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