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Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 18, 2018

10 hours ago
Bruce Ilutsik

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.

Dennis Villanez

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.

 

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 16, 2018

Jul 16, 2018
Mitch Borden / KDLG

Eastside districts saw big numbers this weekend as Naknek-Kvichak surged forward with enormous catch and escapement figures on Saturday, encompassing 17 percent of the run in just a single day.

Avery Lill/KDLG

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.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 13, 2018

Jul 13, 2018
Austin Fast / KDLG

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.

Mitch Borden

By examining small lines on the backs of salmon scales, researchers can determine the age of salmon returning to Bristol Bay. That information is crucial to fisheries management and forecasts.

Austin Fast / KDLG

Mud is the tie that binds all set netters together, but some are better than others at traipsing through the gloop. We found three fishermen who couldn’t stop gushing about it.

Bob King

Andy deValpine, 57, died in late June after battling cancer for two years.

Mike Davis

Fishermen in the Naknek River hauled in over a half million fish yesterday, and all three Nushagak District rivers have now hit their escapement goal midrange. 

Dan Boyd

Early Tuesday morning, a car hit a bear on Dillingham's Waskey Road near the landfill. 

Bruce Ilutsik

The Nushagak District has topped it's preseason forecast by almost a million sockeye!

'The river eats nets,' says net hanger of NRSHA

Jul 11, 2018
Hannah Colton

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. 

Austin Fast / KDLG

Incredible. Unbelievable. That’s how Fish and Game officials are describing this year’s record-breaking sockeye escapement up the Wood River. KDLG’s Austin Fast headed to Aleknagik to find out how they get those numbers and why so many salmon are passing the counting tower this year.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 10, 2018

Jul 10, 2018
Austin Fast / KDLG

Another record falls for the Nushagak district: Total run blew past last year's record of 20.27 million on Monday. What's more, Wood River escapement could top last year's record by more than 2 million. 

Isabelle Ross/KDLG

As Bristol Bay’s 2018 salmon season continues, seafood processors are grappling with a problem that has loomed large over the industry the past few years – an increasing demand for H-2B visas to fill processor jobs.

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