Bristol Bay's Sockeye Harvest Tops 6-Million

Jun 27, 2013

Commercial fishermen in Bristol Bay hauled in 1.1-million sockeye on Wednesday to push the season total to over 6.1-million fish. The District that’s still out in front in the Bay is the Egegik District where fishermen hauled in 219-thousand sockeye on Wednesday to push the District total to 2.1-million fish. 


Fishermen in the Naknek-Kvichak River hauled in 400-thousand sockeye on Wednesday to push the District total to over 1.5-million. Wednesday’s catch in the Ugashik District was 170-thousand sockeye to push the District total to over 1.4-million. The catch in the Nushagak District was 329-thousand to push the season total to over 1-million. Wednesday’s catch in the Togiak District was 1-thousand sockeye to push the season total to over 15.6-thousand fish.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game reports that on average there were 813-sockeye per drift delivery Wednesday in the Nushagak District. The number in the Naknek-Kvichak District was 795 and it was 703 in the Ugashik District. In the Egegik District there were on average 326-sockeye per drift delivery in the Egegik district and the number was 76 in the Togiak District.

Fish and Game reports that as of 9-am Thursday morning there were 1,592 driftnet permit’s registered to fish in Bristol Bay and that’s expected to increase up to 1,636 permits in 48-hours. Thursday morning there were 1,305 driftnet vessels registered to fish in Bristol Bay and that’s expected to increase up to 1,336 driftnet vessel in 48-hours. At last report there were 287 D-boats registered in Bristol Bay and that’s expected to increase to 300 D-boats in 48-hours.

The counting towers on the Ugashik River are apparently not yet counting but the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is estimating that there are 100-thousand sockeye in the Ugashik River that have not yet been counted as escapement. Escapement to the Egegik River was counted at 2.8-thousand sockeye on Wednesday to push the season total to over 405.3-thousand fish. ADF&G is estimating that there are 30-thousand sockeye in the Egegik River that have not yet been counted as escapement. Wednesday’s escapement to the Kvichak River was counted at 24-thousand sockeye to push the season total to 146.7-thousand fish. Fish and Game is estimating that there are 50-thousand sockeye in the Kvichak River that have not yet been counted. Another 20.7-thousand sockeye were counted as escapement to the Naknek River on Wednesday to push the total to 177.8-thousand fish. The Nushagak District continues to record strong escapement numbers. 34.9-thousand sockeye were counted in the Igushik River to push the total to 121.3-thousand fish. 25.2-thousand sockeye were counted as escapement to the Nushagak River to push the total to over 626.5-thousand. That’s within the escapement goal for the Nushagak River. Wood River escapement was counted at 35.2-thousand sockeye on Wednesday to push the total to over 692-thousand fish. The counting towers on the Togiak River are expected to be up and operational on July 3rd.

So far the total run to Bristol Bay through Wednesday, including harvest and escapement is over 8.5-million sockeye. The daily run summary can be found on the ADF&G Bristol Bay website and they are also posted at the Fish and Game offices in Dillingham and King Salmon.