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 24, 2018

Heads up Nushagak and Wood Rivers! The most recent Port Moller stock composition summary shows 70 percent of inshore station fish and 85 percent of offshore station fish sampled were headed your way.

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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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The answer depends on the definition of bullying. Several parents have raised concerns at school board meetings throughout the year. However, administrators say that the cases in question, while a problem, don’t necessarily qualify as bullying.

photo courtesy of Maxine Christensen

The Native Village of Port Heiden is opening up a new fish processing plant in hopes of extending the summer salmon season for local fishermen.  

Police say that the body found floating off Kanakanak Beach last week is 57-year-old Murphy H. Knutsen.


Ugashik, Naknek-Kvichak and Egegik districts open to commercial fishing on Monday at 9 a.m. For the past two years, ADF&G has adjusted the north boundary of the Ugashik District to accomadate walrus hauled out at Cape Greig. This year, the walrus are a no show.

Maria Cantwell asked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to hold public meetings in the state of Washington about the Pebble Project and to further extend the 90-day scoping period for the proposed mine's environmental impact statement.

Port Moller processor closed for the summer

Jun 1, 2018

There won't be any salmon processed in Port Moller this year because Peter Pan Seafoods is still working on getting its plant up and running after a fire last year left it inoperable.  

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Bristol Bay residents met with state commissioners and staff to discuss the purpose and potential scope of a Bristol Bay Advisory Group. DNR envisions the group will be comprised of Bristol Bay residents and stakeholders who provide suggestions, insight and feedback on land management in Bristol Bay. 


The fish gut dumpster will operate within the landfill enclosure this year in order to deter bears.

Bristol Bay's first fish have arrived

May 30, 2018
Jon Corbett

Reports of people catching their first salmon of the summer subsistence season are coming in from around the region. 


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