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.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for Sunday, June 23

Jun 23, 2013

The Sunday, June 23rd edition of the Bristol Bay Fisheries Report includes an update on the harvest and escapement of sockeye and a report on some new research about the the Port Moller Test Fishery. The report also includes a story about the death of long time Bristol Bay drifter Tom Temple from Homer.

The sockeye run to Bristol Bay is the subject of a lot of attention. One of the entities that follows the run on a day-to-day… perhaps even tide-to-tide… is the University of Washington’s Fisheries Research Institute.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for Saturday June 22

Jun 22, 2013
Mike Mason

This edition of the Bristol Bay Fisheries Report includes a report on the latest stock composition summary for the catch as part of the Port Moller Test Fishery and updates on how things look in the Egegik and Nushagak Districts. The report also includes a story about the death of long-time Bristol Bay fishermen Tom Temple. The Bristol Bay Fisheries Report is hosted by KDLG News Director Mike Mason and it airs each Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the fishing season in Bristol Bay.

Mike Mason

As noted earlier the Port Moller Test Fishery continues to post very large index numbers and the cumulative traditional index number is the highest on record.

Mike Mason

The commercial sockeye harvest in Bristol Bay has topped 1.8-million with another 417-thousand fish added to the total on Friday.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for June 21

Jun 21, 2013
Mike Mason

The June 21st Bristol Bay Fisheries Report includes an update on the large movement of fish into and through the Nushagak District. We also get the first genetic data of the season from the Port Moller Test Fishery and hear about how the fisheries are doing down in the Chigniks.

Mike Mason

Over 404,000-sockeye were harvested in the Bristol Bay commercial sockeye fishery on Thursday to push the season total to over 1.3-million fish.

Mike Mason

The ongoing Port Moller Test Fishery continues to record high index numbers and Thursday was another good day of fishing.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for Sunday June 16

Jun 16, 2013

This version of the Bristol Bay Fisheries Report includes 2 stories from the recent BB-RSDA Annual Meeting and a story about a new tool to help retrofit some of the Bay's smaller driftnet vessels. The Report also includes an update on the Bristol Bay Jobs Accelerator Project and the latest information from the Port Moller Test Fishery. The host for this version of the Bristol Bay Fisheries Report is KDLG News Director Mike Mason.

Last year the Alaska Department of Fish and Game made public proposed new sockeye escapement goals for many of the rivers in Bristol Bay. Those goals won’t be implemented for a couple of years… except for one. KDLG’s Mike Mason explains.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for Saturday June 15

Jun 15, 2013
Mike Mason

Saturday's Bristol Bay Fisheries Report includes an update from the ongoing Port Moller Test Fishery and a report about the results of a survey of drifters about fleet reduction efforts.  The report also includes a story about the Bristol Bay Jobs Accelerator Project and an update on the BB-RSDA's anti-mining campaign.  Saturday's report was hosted by KDLG News Director Mike Mason.

Port Moller Update for Friday, June 14

Jun 15, 2013
Mike Mason

The Port Moller Test Fishery got started on Monday and today is the 6th day of fishing. There was another large uptick in catches on Friday with 259 sockeye caught in the 200-fathom net over just 4 of the 5 stations that are normally fished.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for Friday, June 14

Jun 14, 2013
Mike Mason

Friday's Bristol Bay Fisheries Report includes an update on the ongoing Port Moller Test Fishery and a report about last week's annual meeting of the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association.   We also check in on how things are going in the Egegik District and hear a report about the Bristol Bay Jobs Accelerator Program.   The Bristol Bay Fisheries Report is hosted by KDLG News Director Mike Mason.

Mike Mason

For the last few week’s millions of sockeye smolt have been leaving the major lakes in the Bristol Bay region headed for the salt water. They will be back in a couple of years as the adult sockeye that power the Bay’s massive commercial fishery.

May 31 "Bristol Bay Fisheries Report"

May 31, 2013
Carl Johnson

Alaska’s largest herring fishery came to a close on Tuesday. Fish and Game confirms that all of the seafood processors involved with the Togiak Sac Roe herring fishery quit buying on Monday.

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