Jeff Bringhurst

The Kvichak River is underperforming, and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is considering more conservation measures to boost escapement.  

Chignik fishermen stuck ashore as sockeye run fails

Jul 5, 2018
Mitch Borden

Sockeye returns to the Chignik River are the lowest in 50 years, devestating local subsistence and commercial fishing. Area villages are requesting assistence from Governor Bill Walker and from the Alaska Board of Fisheries. The BOF will consider the request at a July 17 emergency meeting.

Bruce Ilutsik

Happy Independence Day, Bristol Bay! The Wood River posted another huge escapement on Tuesday, but not all is well in area fisheries. On the Alaska Peninsula, villages near the Chignik River are asking for help from the Alaska Board of Fisheries and the Governor as they struggle with apparent run failure.

Mike Davis

The Wood River set a new escapement record Monday that is nearly twice as high as the previous record, which was set in 1983. In Egegik, ADF&G is switching the fleet to fishing the morning tide in hopes of allowing more sockeye to make it up river to spawn.

Austin Fast / KDLG

Every couple of days during salmon season, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game reports how many sockeye from each age class are returning to Bristol Bay. KDLG's Austin Fast followed their catch samplers for a day to see how they get those numbers.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 2, 2018

Jul 2, 2018
Mitch Borden/KDLG

Big catches just keep rolling into the Nushagak District-- 1.6 million sockeye harvested on Sunday. Meanwhile, Port Moller numbers suggest that east side districts could see an uptick in fish soon.


The Nushagak District broke a record!

Austin Fast / KDLG

Retired teacher Teresa Duncan spins a darn good yarn through song. She performs three of her numbers live on the Bristol Bay Fisheries Report.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: June 30, 2018

Jun 30, 2018
Austin Fast / KDLG

The Wood River just hit 1.1 million in red escapement, so its Special Harvest District opens to set net gear Saturday night. Plus, Dillingham songstress Teresa Duncan serenades us live over the air.

Avery Lill/KDLG

On Friday, Governor Walker’s office asked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to suspend the Environmental Impact Statement process for the proposed Pebble Mine.



Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: June 29, 2018

Jun 29, 2018
Austin Fast / KDLG

Catches slipped lower in the Nushagak Thursday after Tuesday's giant haul. Naknek-Kvichak is heating up, but participation remains low. Plus, we meet a deckhand who fills most of the links along the salmon supply chain from ocean to table since he moonlights as a direct marketer and private chef.

Austin Fast / KDLG

Salmon usually pass through many hands on their way from ocean waves to the table, but not for Christopher Wang of San Francisco. He’s a deckhand on the F/V Marion Ruth who single-handedly completes most of the salmon supply chain as a fisherman, direct marketer and private chef all rolled into one.

Avery Lill/KDLG

The U.S. Army Corps' Environmental Impact Statement scoping period for the proposed Pebble Mine ends today. Here's a look at some recent updates to the permit application.

Three young girls were riding an ATV that rolled over near the Togiak airport. One sustained critical injuries and is being treated in Seattle.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: June 28, 2018

Jun 28, 2018
photo courtesy of Mike Davis

Catches dropped off a bit in Nushagak yesterday after Tuesday's giant haul. The age composition summaries of fish harvested in Egegik are showing older fish, 2-2s and 2-3s, are less well-represented than the preseason forecast predicted.