Fisheries

Sarah Grace Durrance

ADF&G's Bristol Bay salmon season summary highlights the incredible year 2017 proved to be: 56.5 million total inshore run was 2nd biggest in 20 years, all rivers met or beat escapement goals, and value (without chilling, floating, bleeding bonuses added in) is nearly double the 20 year average.

Sarah Grace Durrance

The sonar only counted 56,000, just over minimum escapement, but biologists think low water and abundance of sockeye hindered the sonar's king counting ability. Post-season aerial surveys found plenty of kings on spawning grounds in all tributaries.

Lake and Peninsula Borough

Lake and Peninsula Borough staff and assembly cut ribbon on long-awaited waterfront improvement as M/V Tustumena makes landing Thursday during its overdue first run of the season.

courtesy Lance Spencer

Most taking home .65/lb for their chilled coho catch, and with over 210,000 fish landed by probably less than 50 fishermen, the fall fishery proved a good one.

Jared Weems

No one has gotten an accurate count of blue king crab in the Pribilofs since the population crashed hard in the 1980s. This summer, a marine biologist is trying to change that, with the species’ first in-depth study in more than 30 years. His ultimate goal: Determine if blue crab can make a comeback — or if it’s gone for good.

KDLG

So far no reports of injuries in large fire that continues to burn at large, remote salmon processing plant on the Alaska Peninsula.  One dock was cut away, and production facilities heavily damaged according to on-the-ground reports.

Dave Bendinger / KDLG

How a custom processor for a group of Bristol Bay drift boats ran late and ran out of money in 2017. The owner went broke, the fishermen lost their market, the crew was never paid, and for some ten days the troubled vessel and crew languished against their will in the Nushagak River. Liens piled up on the 130,000 lbs of frozen sockeye onboard as the captain steamed to Dutch Harbor for repairs.

Local fisherman celebrates 60th year of fishing

Aug 9, 2017
Archie Fischer, Facebook

The end of this salmon season marked the 60th consecutive year of fishing for Archie Fischer. He is a Bristol Bay native who has seen the commercial fishing industry evolve over the past half a century. 

Port Moller test fishery season recap

Aug 9, 2017
Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Division of Commercial Fisheries, Gene Conservation Laboratory

The Port Moller test fishery is meant to help fisherman and processors in Bristol Bay to predict the timing, composition and size of the sockeye run. This season the study did well to predict run timing, but was not as accurate sampling the run's composition.

ADF&G

While the count is not officially complete, the 56.2 million total run is bigger than all recorded years but 1980, 1995, and 2015. The harvest of 37.5 million is bested only by 1993, 1996, and 2016.

Caitlin Tan KDLG

As fishing winds down, hundreds of drift boats are hauled back out of the water in Naknek, most inside of about one busy week. For the boat haulers, it can be a tricky but lucrative business on the front and back end of the fishing season.

The fishing effort continues in Togiak

Aug 3, 2017
Nick Ciolino/KDLG

The Togiak District in Bristol Bay edged past the bottom end of its escapement goal late in July. The mark was reached just days after the rule prohibiting fisherman to transfer to Togiak from other districts was lifted.

Caitlin Tan KDLG

Wild Alaskan Salmon and Seafood is a small-scale processing plant in Naknek. It focuses on quality, as most of the fish is caught by owner Tony Wood and then processed by his 'family-like' crew.

Where do four million fish go in Wood River lakes?

Aug 3, 2017
Nick Ciolino/KDLG

FRI scientists are walking Hansen creek everyday for ecological studies. Hansen is part of the Wood River system which housed a total escapement of more than four million sockeye this season.

Avery Lill/KDLG

A beluga whale was harvested Sunday evening near Dillingham. It was the whole hunting party’s first time to take a beluga. 

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