Sarah Miller

The Bristol Bay Fly Fishing and Guide Academy works to bring more jobs to the region

It's the tenth anniversary of the Bristol Bay Fly Fishing and Guide Academy. This week-long course brings youth from around the region to teach them the skills they'd need to get a job in the sports fishing industry, which is dominated by guides from the lower 48.

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Rower survives ocean capsize to fish Bristol Bay

Ask fishermen what the worst-case scenario on the water could be, and many might say going overboard. One greenhorn in Bristol Bay’s commercial salmon fishery faced that nightmare in a rowboat near the Bermuda Triangle. KDLG’s Austin Fast caught up with him in Dillingham before the start of the season.

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Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: June 23, 2018

Total harvest in the Nushagak District is is past 300,000, and the king run on the Nushagak River is well over the historical average for this date.

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Five candidates for governor took the stage at the Bristol Bay Fish Expo in Naknek on Saturday. They discussed topics geared toward sustainability in rural Alaska, from use and protection of natural resources  to education to the Permanent Fund Dividend. Listen here to the entire debate as it aired live on KDLG and KAKN.

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Halibut season is winding down. So far 45,977 pounds of halibut have been landed in area 4-E. Some of the 21 fishermen participating between Dillingham, Naknek and Togiak send fish to processors. Others sell them dockside. A Dillingham fleet is taking a different approach to selling their catch.

Bristol Bay Science and Research Institute

The Port Moller Test Fishery got up and running Sunday, trying to predict how many sockeye salmon will return to each district of Bristol Bay. Now in its 51st year, the test fishery is adding a second boat for the first time to sample stations further offshore. 

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On June first, the board of directors for the Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation voted unanimously to support the Yes for Salmon ballot initiative. 

Tai Drummond

There's been an uptick in reports of bear and moose around Dillingham. Police advise residents to leave the animals alone.

2018 Blessing of the Fleet
Isabelle Ross / KDLG

Dillingham gathered Sunday to salute Bristol Bay fishermen who earn their living from the sea. KDLG’s Austin Fast was in attendance and has more on how this ceremony honors both the living and the dead.

Airman 1st Class Christopher Gross / U.S. Air Force

Record-low Chinook returns mean Juneau, Petersburg and Wrangell all canceled their king salmon derbies this spring. However, Bristol Bay doesn’t have that problem. Here's some good news for sport fishermen near Dillingham.

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The Alaska Department of Fish and Game takes a look back at this year's Togiak herring fishery. 

How to avoid a Coast Guard ticket this season

Jun 5, 2018
Austin Fast / KDLG

Fishing fatalities in Alaska have decreased dramatically since the early 1990s, with federal statistics showing an average of nine deaths a year since 2010. The U.S. Coast Guard is trying to push those numbers even lower this summer with its annual dockside exams.

Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska

Permanent Fund Dividends, education and funding for law enforcement were among the issues that caused friction during the recently adjourned legislative session in Juneau. Bryce Edgmon discusses how the decisions made could affect Bristol Bay.


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