The Alaska Board of Fisheries declared the low sockeye return to the Chignik River an emergency at a meeting on Tuesday. Members voted to keep the subsection of the Dolgoi Islands and Southeastern District Mainland area closed through August 8.
Bristol Bay’s salmon run is usually starting to taper off by mid-July, but this year’s proving an unusually late run for many districts. We talk with an expert who isn't ruling out the chance that the Bay's total run could crack 60 million.
When the F/V Kristi lost power on Saturday in the Nushagak District, the tide pushed it between two much larger ships, where it lodged on a Yokohama fender. The Kristi sank, and the captain and crew escaped with seconds to spare.
This spring, the Alaska legislature asked the governor's office to declare a state of emergency for 20 Alaska Native languages. Two participants of an indigenous language workshop talked to KDLG about challenges of revitalizing language in Yup’ik-speaking regions.
This Friday the 13th proved to be anything but unlucky for the Naknek-Kvichak district. The Kvichak River was behind the gun all week to hit its sockeye escapement goal, but that's all changed. Fishermen will move out of the Naknek River Special Harvest Area just after midnight Friday.
Fishermen try to navigate the challenges of fishing in the Naknek River Special Harvest Area while keeping their nets intact. This can be a hard goal to achieve as boats try to squeeze into the river to catch as many sockeye as they can.