Commercial fishing has always been risky business. Aside from being one of the most dangerous fields of work, the small, private nature of most employers brings its own challenges.
You don’t have to spend much time at the boat yard to hear stories of preseason deals gone awry after the nets have been put away. Some of those stories make their way to Nelson San Juan, too. He coordinates the seafood employment program for the state of Alaska.
After two crowdfunding efforts and nearly five years of work, photographer Carl Johnson has published his book “Where Water is Gold,” which focuses on the wildlife and people of Bristol Bay. The book is available from retailers now.
Fisheries Research Institute's Curry Cunningham provides some analysis on this run timing, Scott Raborn has interpretation of Port Moller catches, and a wooden boat skippers tells us why he installed RSW.
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.
Still a waiting game in Bristol Bay today - Westside Manager Tim Sands tells us why we're waiting for Nushagak Drifters to get a chance to wet their lines, and in the meantime, Kate Consenstein fills us in on plans to market Bristol Bay sockeye to Boulder foodies.
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.