Bristol Bay Fisheries Report June 26 2016

Jun 26, 2016

Today we check-in on the drift fleet preparing to leave Dillingham, hear about the count at Ugashik and delve into a book

A double-ender that fished for Graveyard Canneryin the 1930s and 1940s is pictured here, in June 2016. The boat, now living in Port Alsworth, is the only Bristol Bay entry on the National Register of Historic Places.
Credit Hannah Colton/KDLG News

Bristol Bay's total sockeye run through June 25 is 1.6 million fish, with a harvest of almost 978,000 and escapement of almost 678,000. Catches were lower Saturday; Egegik led at 78,000 followed by Nushagak at 37,000 - but it was enough better to let the drifters back out. 

Three of the Port Moller stations were hot yesterday, and three were not. Data analyst Scott Rayborn writes that they're a little perplexed by the results. Hoping for more on that, tomorrow.

Today, we talk to a few of those drifters about how they spent their wait, and hear from Fish and Game's Paul Salomone that a few more sockeye should be showing up in the Ugashik count soon. Plus, Nome's Nancy Danielson Mendenhall talks about her book "Rough Waters" and fishing issues in general.

Credit Photo Courtesy Nancy Danielson Mendenhall

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A crewman poses while enjoying some sunshine on dry land before drifters leave Dillingham on June 26, 2016.
Credit Molly Dischner/KDLG News