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Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: June 24, 2017

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KDLG

The Nushagak red count continues to climb, maybe more fishing time will slow the escapment. Egegik and Ugashik will get their nets in the water this weekend, and Naknek-Kvichak plays the waiting game.

Sarah Grace Durrance

Catch tops a million, big surge pushes Nushagak to midpoint escapement goal, and the kings are finally showing. Egegik is fishing steady, Naknek-Kvichak is on the hook (waiting on the 'wall'?), and the Alaska Legislature averts a shutdown that would have ended all the fun in a week.

KDLG

As Dillingham swells with seasonal workers, Dillingham's police officers are on the road, patrolling to ensure the safety of people and property.

Fire station in downtown Dillingham gets new door

Jun 23, 2017
Allison Mollenkamp

Work has begun on a new, taller door for the downtown fire station. The additional height will allow the city's new ambulance to fit through the door.

Sarah Grace Durrance

Set netter Eddie Clark weighs in from Egegik, ADF&G's Tim Sands on managing while the Nushagak reds surge but the kings lag, and lake monsters spotted in Iliamna Lake this week. Bristol Bay has put about probably half a million sockeye on the books ... just 27 million more to go.

Alaska Sea Grant

A new survey shows an interest in Alaskan salmon among a growing Chinese middle class, including a potential market for fish heads, skins and bones.

Wood River techs begin salmon counts

Jun 22, 2017
KDLG

The Wood River tower on the west side of Bristol Bay began its salmon escapement count at 12 am Sunday morning.

KDLG

Snooks Moore skippers the F/V Razor’s Edge, and is passing a legacy of fishing along to her eleven year old great-grandson, Brayden Scott, who will work this year as her deckhand.

Cate Gomez

Responders suspect the Bristol Bay drift boat's stove caught fire. Dillingham Volunteer Fire Dept. and other volunteers able to snuff out the flames quickly. Two were treated onsite for smoke inhalation.

Library gets renovations, additional assistant position

Jun 22, 2017
Allison Mollenkamp

The Dillingham Library underwent renovations this spring. The City Council also recently reinstated the library assistant position to the budget.

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.

Caitlin Tan / KDLG

FRI's Curry Cunningham reads the early tea leaves of the run, Chris Carr weighs in on the missing Nushagak kings from Portage Creek, plus we see what some westside set and drifters had to say this morning ahead of an opener. We're past 300,000 sockeye caught in the Bay (about 27 million to go). Mabye Arctic Cotton Grass is the key to these big runs?

After weeks of hostility, Williams says a respectful letter from BBNC board chair Joe Chythlook convinced her to step down. Williams had hired an attorney to protect her seat on BBNC board after she agreed to join new Pebble committee as an opponent to the mine.

Avery Lill/ KDLG

As Bristol Bay’s population swells with seasonal workers, organizations opposed to mining in the area are redoubling their outreach efforts.

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