Bristol Bay

BB-RSDA Announces Project Funding for 2013

Jun 11, 2013

The organization that represents all of the driftnet permit holders in Bristol Bay is slated to spend over $530-thousand dollars this year to fund 12 projects. KDLG’s Mike Mason looked over the list and filed this report.

The Port Moller Test Fishery Gets Started

Jun 11, 2013
Mike Mason

The Port Moller Test Fishery got started on Monday. It’s run by the Bristol Bay Science and Research Institute with assistance from ADF&G.

Coast Guard Inspectors Arrive in Bristol Bay

Jun 11, 2013

The Bristol Bay sockeye fishery is about to get started in a big way in the next couple of weeks as fishermen get their boats in the water. As KDLG’s Mike Mason reports… the Coast Guard wants to take a look at your vessel to make sure it’s ready.

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.

Michael Link

Millions of sockeye smolt have been exiting Iliamna Lake over the last couple of weeks headed for the sea. Earlier this week KDLG's Mike Masonn visited the ongoing smolt counting project and filed this story.

The 2013 season will be the last season for one of the men that’s been a constant presence in the Bristol Bay commercial salmon fishery since the mid-1980’s. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.

Eastside Districts Open Monday Morning

Jun 3, 2013
Celeste Novak

The 2013 commercial salmon fishery in Bristol Bay officially opens up this morning at 9am in the eastside districts.

Injured fisherman can now receive up to 10 thousand dollars to cover emergency healthcare costs through the state’s Alaska Fishermen's Fund.

The legislature boosted the maximum benefit in 2010 from $2,50o to $10,000. Velma Thomas with the Alaska Department of Labor says many fishermen have not learned about the changes in the program or how to take advantage of it.

The Fishermen's Economic Opportunities will be back next summer.  Have a great off-season!


With the appointment and confirmation of new U.S. Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell, the outgoing secretary, Ken Salazar, took the opportunity to hold a “good bye” chat online with supporters.

When asked by Dillingham fisherman Verner Wilson III about protections for Bristol Bay salmon, he said it should remain off-limits to non-renewable resource extraction.

Commercial Fishermen for Bristol Bay

An organization formed to advocate for the commercial fishing industry in Bristol Bay has sent a letter to President Obama asking him to ensure that the EPA quickly wraps up its work to finalize the "Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment".

John Fulton New Bristol Bay Borough Manager

Mar 5, 2013

The Bristol Bay Borough has a new manager at the helm, and a list of projects on the schedule for this year's construction season. 


Jason Sear

The Iditarod may be the most closely watched sled dog race on earth but in the Bristol Bay region the most prestigious race is the annual "Western Alaska Sled Dog Championship" that was held over the weekend. KDLG's Mike Mason called the race and filed this report.

Fairly Stable Permit Values for Bristol Bay

Feb 20, 2013
Sailing for Salmon Exhibit

The value of set and drift permits in Bristol Bay remains fairly stable according to the latest data from the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission.