The Port Moller Test Fishery continues to record the highest traditional index numbers on record but it’s unclear if those numbers provide a clear picture of the sockeye resources passing through the test fishery area. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.
The lava flow from the Veniaminof volcano now extends nearly a third of a mile down the volcanic cone, while ash puffs are reaching up to 15 thousand feet. The lava flow is about 160 feet wide, stretching about down the cone into its enormous caldera full of glacial ice. There the super hot lava is melting some snow and ice according to UAF’s Jessica Larsen, the Acting Coordinating Scientist for the Alaska Volcano Observatory.
The escapement of sockeye to the Nushagak and Wood Rivers continues to be slow as commercial fishermen are anxiously awaiting the numbers to climb so they can go fishing in the Nushagak District. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.
All indications are that the Egegik District is the 1 district in Bristol Bay that is seeing a substantial amount of sockeye and the district apparently features a very large fleet ready to fish. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.
A small handful of researchers with the University of Alaska recently published a study that tries to shed some light on why some Alaskan’s can’t get enough locally caught seafood to make themselves “Food Secure”. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.
A bill working its way through the House of Representatives would open Bristol Bay to gas lease sales in a new leasing plan. The legislation, however, faces a skeptical Senate and a very long road to implementation.The Offshore Energy and Jobs Act passed the House Resources Committee last week. House republicans are again pushing to open much of the nation’s currently closed waters for drilling, including Bristol Bay. This would scrap President Obama’s 5 year leasing plan and require a new one by 2015.
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game reports that another 421 king salmon were counted as escapement on Monday to the Nushagak River. That pushes the season total up to 8,355. The escapement goal for kings is 95-thousand fish.
All state flags are to be lowered to half-staff Tuesday in honor of former State Representative Jack Fuller. He died on June 11th in Wasilla at the age of 91. Fuller was elected to the Alaska House of Representatives in 1978. State flags are to be returned to full-staff on Wednesday.
A red flag warning is in effect for critical fire weather conditions north of Iliamna today. Unseasonably warm temperatures and dry conditions have primed southwest Alaska for potential wildfires. The warning extends north from Iliamna to the Lower Kuskokwim valley. Meteorologist Michael Lawson says the dry air is a central factor, as relative humidity levels drop as low as 12 to 15 percent.