Fisheries

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A larger pump barge, new RSW holding tanks, more processing lines, and other improvements have doubled Icicle's salmon processing capacity at the Wood River plant in Dillingham.

Long time Bristol Bay drift fisherman Robin Samuelsen was in court Monday for arraignment on a charge of fishing with an improperly marked buoy.

While he acknowledged the violation and agreed to plead guilty, he told the court the timing of the mandatory court date substantially increased the fine.

His was one of about a dozen fishing violation arraignments Monday in Dillingham. More were arraigned Tuesday in Dillingham, and three dozen were scheduled in Naknek Wednesday.

KDLG

Warner Lew joined preseason to discuss predictions on the 2016 timing, and sat down again July 12 to offer an update.

Hannah Colton / KDLG

There’s no doubt commercial fishing is hard work. But what was it like a century ago?

Hannah Colton / KDLG

With prodding from Alaska's congressional delegation, USCG leadership will "revisit" licensing rules that Western Alaska lodge owners say are unreasonable. 

Researchers watching sockeye sizes

Jul 6, 2016
KDLG News

Will 2016 be another year of small fish, or was 2015 just an anomaly? Early fish may be looking a little small, but it's too early to say for certain. (Are you getting tired of the too-early refrain yet?)

Novel explores coming of age in Alaska fisheries

Jul 6, 2016

A novel released this spring offers a glimpse into familiar Alaska themes: moving to Alaska, a first season as a greenhorn, and falling in love with a harsh land.

ADF&G

After big harvests, Peter Pan Seafoods in Port Moller puts limits on sockeye catch. Are they a harbinger of limits in Bristol Bay?

Fishing for mayflies: salmon ecology on Lake Clark

Jul 2, 2016
Hannah Colton/KDLG

Kids take a close look at the aquatic insects at the bottom of the Bristol Bay food chain. 

Greg Marxmiller

Naknek-Kvichak waiting patiently, a large fleet plugging away in the Nushagak, and genetics suggest Egegik and Ugashik might pop very soon. Here's a summary of some of our reporting this week.

Nushagak River king run tapers slightly after early surge

Jun 27, 2016
courtesy Shannon Clouse

The Nushagak River chinook return got off to a good start this year, but has tailed off a bit. Run seems likely to hit 95,000 escapement goal by July 4.

Courtesy Nancy Mendenhall

A new book on Northwest fisheries started as a family history, and morphed into a tome on fisheries issues throughout the world.

Cate Gomez/KDLG

When it comes down to deciding what salmon to serve for dinner, Bristol Bay sockeye is not really known by name, even if it ends up in a lot of meals. The Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association is working on a project to change that. 

Bristol Bay Native Association

Each summer, dozens of people come to the bay for fishery-related jobs. Most go fishing, but some help manage the fishery or assist in ongoing scientific research. An internship program coordinated by the Bristol Bay Native Association is getting local youth more involved in the science side of summer.

Molly Dischner/KDLG

The name isn’t the only thing changing for the group formerly called the Alaska Independent Fishermen’s Marketing Association. Now dubbed the Bristol Bay Fishermen’s Association (BBFA), the organization is shifting gears to focus on fair and consistent payment for its membership.

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