Bristol Bay Fisheries Report

Nightly at 6:30 p.m., replayed at 10pm and 2am, with an early broadcast at 1:30 pm on Saturday and Sunday

The Bristol Bay Fisheries Report, produced by the KDLG news crew, is dedicated to the one-of-a-kind commercial fishery in Bristol Bay. Starting in mid-June, the show airs nightly at 6:30 p.m. (with an early broadcast at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday), with replays at 10 p.m. and again at 2 a.m. Join us here for the latest news, numbers, and information from the fishery, plus nightly analysis, stories, and conversations.

Do you have news tips or ideas, or would you like to share you comments with the show? Reach KDLG news director Dave Bendinger at dave@kdlg.org or 907.842.5281.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report July 7, 2016

Jul 7, 2016
Molly Dischner/KDLG News

Port Moller keeps on catching, and so does the fleet. Area Manager Paul Salomone talks about the hazards in Ugashik, and Gail Smith joins from Juneau about electronic fish tickets.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report July 3 2016

Jul 6, 2016
Courtesy of Melanie Brown

Bristol Bay had its first million fish day on Saturday, but we’re still waiting for the two billionth salmon. Plus we chat about writing and fishing with Sitka author Brendan Jones, and get an update on the summer's smaller-than-average fish.

Lindsay Layland

Processor catch limits for the North Peninsula fleet, an update from a small processor in Naknek happy to have lots of fish, a visit to Libby's No. 23, and we milk the clock long enough to get today's Port Moller catches in the broadcast. 

KDLG

6.4 million harvested this season, the total run is 9 million, and the two billionth salmon is coming soon. FRI's Curry Cunningham helps analyze the run size and timing so far. 

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report July 2, 2016

Jul 2, 2016
Hannah Colton/KDLG News

Today, Scott Raborn reminds that the only thing we know for sure is that the run is never quite what we expect, we check on the age of fish returning so far this summer, plus a salmon ecology lesson at Lake Clark.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report July 1, 2016

Jul 1, 2016
KDLG News

Tonight a Ugashik set-netter tells us he'll fish despite some stormy weather this weekend, Area Manager Paul Salomone updates on Egegik and Ugashik numbers, and we check-in on a Kuskokwim dilemma.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report June 30 2016

Jun 30, 2016
Stu McTaggart allowed use of his photo "only for the fame"

Tonight we hear about an opener in the Naknek-Kvichak District, summer school has started at Ekuk - and take a quick look at the state's seafood marketing budget.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report June 29, 2016

Jun 29, 2016
KDLG News

Tonight we hear that catches are still slower than hoped in the Nushagak District, a 5-year-old fills us in on Finding Dory, and a real meterologist gives our weather report.

KDLG

Jumpers in Naknek-Kvichak, Port Moller catches were weak, genetic composition from June 23 shows Egegik, Ugashik, and Wood River strongest, Bob King says that 2,000,000,000th fish is coming, and more.

KDLG

Fisheries Research Institute's Curry Cunningham provides some analysis on this run timing, Scott Raborn has interpretation of Port Moller catches, and a wooden boat skippers tells us why he installed RSW.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report June 26 2016

Jun 26, 2016
Hannah Colton/KDLG News

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

Courtesy Nancy Mendenhall

A new book on Northwest fisheries started as a family history, and morphed into a tome on fisheries issues throughout the world.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report June 24 2016

Jun 24, 2016
Robyn Chaney

Tonight Fish and Game's Paul Salomone tells us about things picking up in the Egegik District, we hear about an internship program getting local youth into fish science and research, and drifter Lange Solberg updates on the waiting game in Naknek-Kvichak.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report June 23 2016

Jun 23, 2016
Gregg Marxmiller

Dear Bristol Bay – we’re pretty sure you hit a million sockeye total run today; 40-some-odd-million more to go, and Port Moller indicates a few more should be on the way. Plus, we hear about how power plants could produce ice on the side.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report June 22 2016

Jun 22, 2016
Cate Gomez/KDLG

Nushagak catches and boat counts at the top, and Naknek-Kvichak manager Travis Ellison explains that he's waiting for more fish in his district. Plus, a drifter tells us about efforts to organize in hopes of improving prices.

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