Fisheries

Austin Fast / KDLG

Skiffs lined the beaches at Clark’s Point and Coffee Point and trucks raced the tide at Ekuk to set their nets for Nushagak’s 6 p.m. Tuesday opener.

Austin Fast / KDLG

It's Charley Wren's 74th summer fishing in Bristol Bay and time, he says, for his demotion from captain to cabin boy. His son Travis Wren is taking over the F/V Wrangler and the family business.

Austin Fast / KDLG

Fishermen faced blustery bouts of rain Tuesday at Dillingham’s small boat harbor, but that’s not dampening their enthusiasm for Wednesday's commercial drift net opener in the Nushagak and Igushik sections.

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Shortly after the U.S. released a list of goods on which it will place 25 percent tariffs, China announced reciprocal tariffs on U.S. goods, including Alaska seafood. Economists say it is too early to predict the effect such tariffs, which are slated to begin July 6, will have on industry.

Isabelle Ross/KDLG

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.

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

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.  

KDLG

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.

Isabelle Ross/KDLG

Halibut have hit the docks in Dillingham. The 4-E halibut fishery opened on May 1, and the first fish was landed on May 14.

Sarah Grace Durrance

The Bristol Bay Fish Expo takes place in Naknek June 8-9. In between the live auction, trade show and speed hiring, four candidates running for state governor in the November election will debate issues related to sustainability in rural Alaska.

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Thirty percent of the Togiak sac roe herring quota is allocated to the gillnet fleet. This year, the F/V Wave Ryder was the fishery’s gillnet fleet of one.

Sarah Grace Durrance

The Bristol Bay Science and Research Institute will begin a study on mesh selectivity in early June.

Avery Lill/ KDLG

It will take about three weeks for dredgers to remove 110,000 cubic yards of sediment from the Dillingham small boat harbor this year. 

Icicle Seafoods

The purse seine fleet in Togiak took 16,500 tons in 11 days. In Port Moller, seiners took 1000 tons in 39 hours.

WARNER LEW / ICICLE SEAFOODS

On Thursday, the purse seine fleet in the Togiak herring fishery took in 3,838—more fish than the other four days of the fishery combined.

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