Commercial fishermen, processors, and the managers for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game are all preparing for the upcoming sockeye salmon fishery in Bristol Bay. In one of the 5 districts stakeholders are contemplating a scenario that puts a large number of fishermen into a relatively small river. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game planned to take their first survey flight of the Togiak District on Thursday to look for signs of herring in the District. However, the Department took a look early based in part on a pilot report of fish spotted in the shallows of Togiak Bay on Sunday. Tim Sands is the Area Management Biologist for the upcoming Togiak sac-roe herring fishery. He confirms that Tuesday’s survey didn’t turn up any signs of herring, sea lions, or grey whales.
The largest herring fishery in Alaska is the Togiak sac-roe herring fishery and many stakeholders in the fishery are preparing for an early start. That includes the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. KDLG’s Mike Mason has this preview.
The 2014 sockeye fishery in Bristol Bay is still a couple of months away but preparations for the fishery are already underway. KDLG’s Mike Mason reports about how the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is getting ready for the season.
3-men have been arrested and charged for an alleged home invasion in Dillingham Saturday morning. Officers with the Dillingham Police Department went to a home off of Tower Road after receiving a report of a home invasion and assault in progress. By the time the officers arrived the assailants were gone.
Bristol Bay’s massive sockeye salmon fishery is still a couple of months away but stakeholders are getting ready. That includes the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, which last month published the 2014 outlook for commercial salmon fishing in Bristol Bay. The outlook includes the details about the forecast and how the Department intends to manage each of Bristol Bay’s 5-commercial fishing districts. KDLG’s Mike Mason has this preview of the Ugashik District.
This year’s sockeye fishery in Bristol Bay was a major topic of discussion Saturday during the first “Business of Fish” workshop of the season. The workshop was held in Dillingham and was sponsored by the Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation. Robin Samuelsen Junior is the Chairman of the Board. He observed that the price fishermen receive for their sockeye catch has been increasing in recent years.
The latest unemployment numbers show that Southwest Alaska continues to lead the state in regional unemployment. The March unemployment rate in the Southwest region was 13.8-percent. That’s essentially unchanged from the 13.9-percent rate recorded in February.
14 sportsman’s and conservation groups have come out in opposition to legislation introduced in Congress that would take away a power currently held by the EPA that the agency intends to use in the Bristol Bay region. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.
Fishermen and processors are gearing up for the Togiak sac-roe herring fishery, which is largest herring fishery in Alaska. However, they apparently are not planning on taking part in a much smaller fishery to the west. KDLG’s Mike Mason explains.
The Alaska Federation of Natives is joining the call for lawmakers to increase funding for Alaska’s public schools. AFN is also calling for any such increase to be made through the established “Base Student Allocation”. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.
The Alaska House of Representatives approved legislation Wednesday intended to allow more veterans to take advantage of hiring preferences. Senate Bill 145 was approved unanimously by the Senate back in March and a slightly different version of the bill was approved unanimously by the House on Wednesday.
A new study shows that lake trout in the Lake Clark National Park and Preserve have mercury levels that exceed the state and national standards for consumption by women and children. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.