The Port Moller Test Fishery completed the second day of fishing on Tuesday with a slightly larger total catch. On Monday 30 sockeye were caught as part of the Port Moller Test Fishery, which is run each year with the goal of providing information to fishermen, processors, and managers about the sockeye resources that is about a week away from the in-shore districts. Tuesday’s fishing effort resulted in a catch of 40-sockeye.
21 of the sockeye were caught in the 4 ½-inch mesh panels with another 19-fish caught in the 5 1/8-inch mesh panels. The largest catch from Tuesday was 23 sockeye at station 4. 7 sockeye were taken from station 6 and 6 sockeye were caught at station 2. 4 sockeye were caught at station 8. No fish were taken at station 10. So far just 70 sockeye have been caught as part of the Port Moller Test Fishery.
The fishery is run by the Bristol Bay Science and Research Institute with help from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. BBSRI reports that water temperatures are close to the long-term average from 1987 to 2012. The mean temperature on Tuesday was 5.1 degrees Celsius. The highest temperature over the first 2 days of the fishery was the 7.1-degrees Celsius at station 2 on Tuesday. The lowest temperature was the 3.4-degrees Celsius recorded Tuesday at station 6.
You can find the Port Moller Test Fishery updates online on the website of the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association. KDLG’s will also provide updates on the fishery during our local news and in the Bristol Bay Fisheries Report, which can be heard each Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 4-pm through the end of July.