Fisheries

The Port Moller Test Fishery continues to record the highest traditional index numbers on record but it’s unclear if those numbers provide a clear picture of the sockeye resources passing through the test fishery area. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.

Dave Bendinger

The escapement of sockeye to the Nushagak and Wood Rivers continues to be slow as commercial fishermen are anxiously awaiting the numbers to climb so they can go fishing in the Nushagak District. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.

Low Escapement Numbers for Nushagak River Kings

Jun 19, 2013

The escapement of king salmon to the Nushagak River continues to lag and the managers believe the weather might be a factor. KDLG’s Mike Mason reports.

All indications are that the Egegik District is the 1 district in Bristol Bay that is seeing a substantial amount of sockeye and the district apparently features a very large fleet ready to fish. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.

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Three technicians will man the towers 24/7 to help ADF&G produce an escapement estimate for the Wood River.

A small handful of researchers with the University of Alaska recently published a study that tries to shed some light on why some Alaskan’s can’t get enough locally caught seafood to make themselves “Food Secure”. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.

Escapement Counts in the Nushagak District

Jun 18, 2013
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The Alaska Department of Fish and Game reports that another 421 king salmon were counted as escapement on Monday to the Nushagak River. That pushes the season total up to 8,355. The escapement goal for kings is 95-thousand fish.

Mike Mason

The ongoing Port Moller Test Fishery continues to post the highest index numbers on record for this time in the season.

Mike Mason

The Port Moller Test Fishery continues to produce high index numbers leading to speculation that the Bristol Bay sockeye run is either early or large. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.

The first commercial fishing effort in the Nushagak District occurred last Friday night. By all accounts those who participated had a good night of fishing. KDLG’s Mike Mason reports.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for Sunday June 16

Jun 16, 2013

This version of the Bristol Bay Fisheries Report includes 2 stories from the recent BB-RSDA Annual Meeting and a story about a new tool to help retrofit some of the Bay's smaller driftnet vessels. The Report also includes an update on the Bristol Bay Jobs Accelerator Project and the latest information from the Port Moller Test Fishery. The host for this version of the Bristol Bay Fisheries Report is KDLG News Director Mike Mason.

Last year the Alaska Department of Fish and Game made public proposed new sockeye escapement goals for many of the rivers in Bristol Bay. Those goals won’t be implemented for a couple of years… except for one. KDLG’s Mike Mason explains.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for Saturday June 15

Jun 15, 2013
Mike Mason

Saturday's Bristol Bay Fisheries Report includes an update from the ongoing Port Moller Test Fishery and a report about the results of a survey of drifters about fleet reduction efforts.  The report also includes a story about the Bristol Bay Jobs Accelerator Project and an update on the BB-RSDA's anti-mining campaign.  Saturday's report was hosted by KDLG News Director Mike Mason.

Results Released of a Fleet Reduction Survey

Jun 15, 2013
Mike Mason

The organization that represents all of the driftnet permit holders in Bristol Bay started an effort earlier this year to gauge the interest of drifters in reducing the size of the overall fleet. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.

Port Moller Update for Friday, June 14

Jun 15, 2013
Mike Mason

The Port Moller Test Fishery got started on Monday and today is the 6th day of fishing. There was another large uptick in catches on Friday with 259 sockeye caught in the 200-fathom net over just 4 of the 5 stations that are normally fished.

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