Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 14, 2017

Jul 14, 2017

Another 1.7 million in the bins helps push the total run to 45 million. If the upper eastside forecast proves true, there still may be a long tail that takes this run well past 50 million for the third year in a row. Boats are crowding into Ugashik and the Kvichak to see this thing through!

Nine year old Aimee Belleque is set netting her first season with her family at Coffee Point. Unlike most of you, when tuckered out she's not afraid to admit it.
Credit courtesy Belleque Family

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Trailers are starting to haul more boats out of the water, especially in Dillingham where the Nushagak feels like its beginning to wind gradually down. In Ugashik, "it looks like a city now," says Stevie K skipper Buck Gibbons. The run went past 45 million Thursday, and the Nushagak is probably setting an all time high harvest record today. If after this predicted three day "lag" (if it can be called that) the rest of the Naknek Kvichak run heads inshore, might this run come in bigger than last year? Tonight, Gibbons chimes in from Ugashik, plus KDLG's Caitlin Tan hops aboard an AGS beach tender in Naknek. We check in with local businesses to see how their season is going, and BBSRI's Michael Link updates on the collaborative effort that helped fund this Bay's core management tools. Make a pledge tonight! Keep this program funded for next year!

Big beautiful slabs of Naknek fish set net fish going into slushy chill.
Credit Caitlin Tan / KDLG

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KDLG's Avery Lill noticed a boat coming out the other way Friday as she headed home from work. Why not? After a record year on the Nush, maybe there's no reason to scratch it out next week.
Credit Avery Lill / KDLG