This week, thoughts on sockeye run timing and the rapid erosion at Kanakanak Beach, a new brailer bag business in Naknek, plus poetry and song, on Bristol Bay and Beyond.
Bristol Bay and Beyond, June 3: Last year proved (again) that sockeye run timing may be anyone's guess, but Icicle Seafood's Bristol Bay fleet manager Warner Lew drops in to weigh in. "With the warm water we've seen, again, second winter back-to-back no Bering Sea ice, I'm telling our fleet that I'm guessing it's going to be normal to late. I see no reason to expect anything early," he says. We drop by a new business in Naknek making brailer bags for the Bay's most discerning customers. Plus, why is Kanakanak Beach eroding so darn fast this spring? We take a guided tour looking for answers. "This always would've happened, but the rate depends on the groundwater. The higher the groundwater, the faster the mass wasting. Add water, get dynamics," professor Todd Radenbough explains. Plus a very special poem from Unalakleet's Alexandria Ivanoff, and Teresa Duncan is back to talk about (and sing) the song that calls for a blessing on the fleet every June. Those stories, plus a look back at some of this week's news.
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