Fisheries

Tuesday's Port Moller Test Fishery Update

Jun 12, 2013
Mike Mason

The Port Moller Test Fishery completed the second day of fishing on Tuesday with a slightly larger total catch. On Monday 30 sockeye were caught as part of the Port Moller Test Fishery, which is run each year with the goal of providing information to fishermen, processors, and managers about the sockeye resources that is about a week away from the in-shore districts. Tuesday’s fishing effort resulted in a catch of 40-sockeye.

Togiak Herring Prices Still in Doubt

Jun 12, 2013

The price associated with Alaska’s largest herring fishery is apparently still in doubt. 

The king salmon run to the Nushagak River is starting to trickle in and escapement is a little ahead of where it normally would be at this time of the season. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.

BB-RSDA Announces Project Funding for 2013

Jun 11, 2013

The organization that represents all of the driftnet permit holders in Bristol Bay is slated to spend over $530-thousand dollars this year to fund 12 projects. KDLG’s Mike Mason looked over the list and filed this report.

The Port Moller Test Fishery Gets Started

Jun 11, 2013
Mike Mason

The Port Moller Test Fishery got started on Monday. It’s run by the Bristol Bay Science and Research Institute with assistance from ADF&G.

Coast Guard Inspectors Arrive in Bristol Bay

Jun 11, 2013

The Bristol Bay sockeye fishery is about to get started in a big way in the next couple of weeks as fishermen get their boats in the water. As KDLG’s Mike Mason reports… the Coast Guard wants to take a look at your vessel to make sure it’s ready.

New schedule from July 2-17 includes a full 24-hour period on the weekend. 

No King Count Yet from the Nushagak Sonar

Jun 10, 2013

1.6-thousand fish have been counted as escapement to the Nushagak River. However, we currently don’t know the species of those fish. KDLG’s Mike Mason explains.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has released the season summary for the Togiak sac-roe herring fishery that came to an end on May 28th. KDLG’s Mike Mason looked it over for this report.

Mike Mason

For the last few week’s millions of sockeye smolt have been leaving the major lakes in the Bristol Bay region headed for the salt water. They will be back in a couple of years as the adult sockeye that power the Bay’s massive commercial fishery.

Michael Link

Millions of sockeye smolt have been exiting Iliamna Lake over the last couple of weeks headed for the sea. Earlier this week KDLG's Mike Masonn visited the ongoing smolt counting project and filed this story.

Chefs Collaborative

75 chefs have signed on with Boston-based Chefs Collaborative to host Bristol Bay sockeye salmon dinners to help raise awareness about the fishery.

The 2013 season will be the last season for one of the men that’s been a constant presence in the Bristol Bay commercial salmon fishery since the mid-1980’s. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.

Naknek-Kvichak District Preview

Jun 6, 2013
Michael Link

For the last few years the commercial fishing district in Bristol Bay with the largest harvest was the Naknek-Kvichak District. As KDLG’s Mike Mason reports… that trend is expected to hold true again this year.

Rising ocean temperatures are thought to be a factor in the large scale movement of fish stocks.  Using actual temperatures of harvested fish, scientists have now tracked the shift of warm weather species towards the poles.

Because fish are cold blooded, they are totally dependent on surrounding temperatures to stay alive.  And as they’re highly mobile, fish species will move to where the temperatures are most comfortable.  That’s the idea behind a study led by scientists from the University of British Colombia. 

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