Fisheries

PenAir King Salmon: where the world meets to fish

Jun 22, 2017
Caitlin Tan / KDLG

The hub for Bristol Bay's eastside bustles in June, serving the daily jet flight and up to 14 PenAir flights as it funnels through thousands of fishermen, processors, anglers, and other visitors from around the world.

Caitlin Tan / KDLG

Captain Buck Gibbons hired Jawanza Brown to join his crew on the F/V Stevie K, hoping the young man will fund his college education by picking fish each summer in Bristol Bay.

Nick Ciolino / KDLG

This is a brief update for Wednesday, June 21. Catch the latest news and numbers from the fishery each night at 6, 10, and 2 a.m. on the Bristol Bay Fisheries Report.

Sarah Grace Durrance

This conversation aired on Tuesday's Bristol Bay Fisheries Report. Listen to the full show here, and catch the program nightly at 6 p.m., 10 p.m., 2 a.m., and early on the weekends. Feedback, ideas?: fish@kdlg.org.

Yes, girls fish too

Jun 21, 2017
Caitlin Tan / KDLG

“I’m just going to be the girliest girl and catch a million fish,” says Maddy Marinkovich. She and Sophia have grown up fishing Bristol Bay's salmon fishery, and now are funding their college by picking fish.

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As more processors stop canning and require chilled fish, RSW systems give boat captains more control over their catch. While icing fish still chills them faster, ice can be hard to get. Will boats without RSW get left behind?

Caitlin Tan / KDLG

The 20th Blessing of the Fleet took place in Naknek on Saturday. Pastor George Steinburg, from Hilltop Christian Fellowship, prayed over the fishery and all the captains and crew in Bristol Bay.

Avery Lill/ KDLG

With what looks like a "sustained push" of reds up the Nushagak and Wood Rivers, coupled with stronger winds in the forecast, ADF&G's Tim Sands to tell the fleet get ready and "don't go dry."

Sarah Grace Durrance

Starting next week, look for this data in our nightly Bristol Bay Fisheries Report, which will air nightly at 6 & 10 p.m., and 2 a.m., with early shows at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

KDLG

George Wilson and Robert Hill took their welding and fabricating work a step further this year, building custom designed skiffs to for Bristol Bay set net customers.

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Attendance was low at Saturday's meeting of Bristol Bay drifter's association in Dillingham Saturday. Members heard an update on the sockeye market, the new marketing campaign, and how the RSDA is helping fund management again this year.

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PMTF pulls a few sockeye out of its tesh meshes, noting the cooler water temps this year over last. Egegik and Igushik may see some commercial fishing this week as managers seek some data.

Sarah Grace Durrance

With the mud, sweat, grease, and bugs, the boatyard life in Bristol Bay has a glamour all its own.

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Fisheries Research Institute is continuing its seven decades of research into Bristol Bay's salmon life cycles and ecosystems.

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Bristol Bay seafood processors are hiring for the 2017 salmon rush. Changes to the H-2B visa program have forced them to hire more workers from lower-48 states.

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