Bristol Bay Fisheries Report

Nightly at 6pm, 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.

Fishermen across Bristol Bay are anxiously waiting for more sockeye. In the Egegik District the Alaska Department of Fish and Game gave the fleets some fishing time on Monday and the catch was around 100-thousand fish. The also got some fishing time on Tuesday. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for Sunday, July 7

Jul 7, 2013
Mike Mason

The Sunday, July 7th edition of the Bristol Bay Fisheries Report includes details on the commercial fisheries closures in the 3 eastside districts and an update on how things are looking to the west in the Togiak District. We also have an update on the response to the sunken tender Lone Star in the mouth of the Igushik River. All of that and more in the Sunday, July 7th Bristol Bay Fisheries Report.

The Egegik and Ugashik Districts Remain Closed

Jul 7, 2013

Hundreds of fishermen and processing workers are on hold across the entire eastside of Bristol Bay as all 3 of the districts are hold waiting for more fish. KDLG’s Mike Mason has this update on how things are looking in the Egegik and Ugashik Districts.

The entire eastside of Bristol Bay is closed to commercial fishing as the fleets in the Naknek-Kvichak, Egegik and Ugashik Districts are standing down. That means the only fishing time is in the Nushagak and Togiak Districts. KDLG’s Mike Mason has this update on how things are looking on the west-side of the Bay.

The Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for July 6 includes an update on the efforts to stop fuel leaking from the sunken tender Lone Star in the mouth of the Igushik River. We also have information on a projection that the 2013 sockeye run to Bristol Bay will come in significantly below the preseason forecast. We also have a report about effort to use refrigerated seawater systems to chill sockeye at the port of harvest. All of that and more in the Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for Saturday, July 6.

Mike Mason

The Bristol Bay commercial sockeye fishery appears to be dwindling fast as only 136-thousand sockeye were taken Friday across the entire bay.

Mike Mason

The sockeye escapement counts in the Nushagak District took another large jump upwards on Friday as the mid-points on all 3 rivers are in sight.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for Friday, July 5

Jul 5, 2013

The Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for July 5 includes a story about the closure in the Nushagak District due to fuel leaking from the sunken tender Lone Star. The report also includes the latest run projection from the managers of the Port Moller Test Fishery and a story about the increase in the use of refrigerated seawater systems in Bristol Bay to chill sockeye at the point of harvest.

Mike Mason

The commercial harvest of sockeye salmon in Bristol Bay dropped down to just 321-thousand fish on Thursday to push the season total to over 12.8-million. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.

Another Day of Less than a Million Sockeye

Jul 4, 2013
Mike Mason

The commercial harvest of sockeye salmon in Bristol Bay dropped off on Wednesday. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.

Russel Nelson

  

Fishing reopened Monday, after a fuel sheen from the sunken tender Lonestar had closed the fishing and threatened the season.

The sockeye harvest in Bristol Bay is approaching 12-million. That’s just under 5 million fish short of the harvest anticipated in the pre-season forecast. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.

Mike Mason

The latest information from the Port Moller Test Fishery shows large genetic signals for sockeye bound for the Egegik and Kvichak Rivers. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.

The most consistent fishing time in Bristol Bay this season has been in the Nushagak District where all 3 of the counted rivers have met their escapement goals. KDLG’s Mike Mason has this update on how things are going.

Efforts to boom off the overturned fishing tender near the mouth of the Igushik River proved unsuccessful Monday night. KDLG’s Mike Mason has this update.

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