Bristol Bay

Mike Mason

Catches appear to be tailing off at the Port Moller Test Fishery but there appears to be a sizable tail left to this year’s sockeye run. This has led to an updated in-season total run forecast of 38-million sockeye.

Sockeye Harvest Tops 12-Million in Bristol Bay

Jul 2, 2014
Mike Mason

The commercial sockeye harvest in Bristol Bay topped 12-million on Tuesday. That’s still well over 4-million fish shy of the harvest anticipated in the pre-season forecast. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.

Mike Mason

The Port Moller Test Fishery continues to record relatively strong catches indicating that there are likely still millions of sockeye headed to the Bristol Bay region. Monday’s fishing effort as part of the Port Moller Test Fishery produced a catch of 211 sockeye. Just 8 sockeye were taken at station 2 but the catch increased up to 53 fish at station 4. The catch at station 6 was 48 and the catch at station 8 was 52 sockeye. The catch at station 10 was 50 sockeye.

Sockeye Harvest Tops 11-Million

Jul 1, 2014

Commercial fishermen in Bristol Bay hauled in another 1.2-million sockeye on Monday to push the season total to over 11-million. The district that still leads the way in Bristol Bay is the Naknek-Kvichak District where fishermen hauled in 700-thousand sockeye on Monday to push the District total up to 4.6-million. Next up is the Nushagak District where fishermen hauled in another 365-thousand sockeye on Monday. That pushes the district total up to 3.3-million. Monday’s harvest in the Egegik District was 165-thousand sockeye to push the total to just over 3.1-million. Another 10-thousand sockeye were taken in the Togiak District on Monday to push the total up to nearly 24-thousand fish. The total in the Ugashik District is nearly 76-thousand sockeye.

Mike Mason

Monday was another big day for sockeye escapement to the Wood and Nushagak Rivers as both rivers have either met or exceeded their escapement goals. The upper end of the escapement goal for the Wood River is 1.5-million sockeye and Monday’s escapement of 158.5-thousand fish put the season total at over 1.7-million. That means that the Wood River is officially over-escaping.

The sockeye harvest in Bristol Bay slowed down on Sunday as the large catches late last week overwhelmed the Bay’s processing sector resulting in limits and suspension placed on many fishermen. Sunday’s sockeye catch was just over 1-million to push the season total to over 9.8-million.

The Wood River is Over-Escaping

Jun 30, 2014

The Wood River is officially in over-escapement as setnet fishing in the Nushagak District is open until further notice. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.

The data from the massive sockeye fishery in Bristol Bay keeps rolling in and 2 organizations are predicting a larger sockeye run than was forecasted pre-season. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for June 29, 2014

Jun 29, 2014
Mike Mason

The Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for June 29th includes details about the exploration of a driftnet buyback program by the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association.  The report also includes the latest catch and escapement data and an update on the ongoing Port Moller Test Fishery.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for June 28, 2014

Jun 28, 2014
Elijah Lawson

The Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for June 28 includes updates from the Nushagak, Egegik and Ugashik Districts.  The report also includes information on the testing of seafood from Alaska for radiation and details about the effort to explore a driftnet buyback program in Bristol Bay.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for June 27, 2014

Jun 27, 2014
Elijah Lawson

The Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for Friday June 27 includes an update on the strong push of sockeye into and through the Nushagak District and a story about the efforts by the BB-RSDA to study a driftnet buyback program in Bristol Bay.  We also take a look at the latest harvest and escapement numbers for Bristol Bay and hear about a project to use photo's from the fishing grounds to fight development of the controversial Pebble Mine.

Mike Mason

The sockeye harvest in Bristol Bay topped 2-million on Thursday to push the season total to 4.1-million. Over 860-thousand sockeye were taken in the Egegik District on Thursday to push the season total up to 1.3-million. Thursday’s catch in the Naknek-Kvichak District was 663-thousand sockeye to push the district total up to 1.6-million. The catch in the Nushagak District was 511-thousand sockeye to push the district total up to 1.1-million. The catch in the Togiak District was 2-thousand to push the district total up to 13-thousand.

Escapement Goal Reached for the Wood River

Jun 27, 2014

Abundant fishing time is in the future for commercial fishermen in the Nushagak District. That’s because of the strong push of sockeye through the District and into 2 of the Districts 3 rivers on Wednesday and Thursday. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.

Mike Mason

Commercial fishermen in Bristol Bay caught nearly 1.4-million sockeye in Bristol Bay on Wednesday to push the total for the season to just over 2-million. The district with the largest catch on Wednesday was the Naknek-Kvichak District where 594-thousand sockeye were caught. That pushes the district total to nearly 1-million fish. The catch in the Nushagak District was 496-thousand to push the district total up to 555.8-thousand sockeye. Wednesday’s catch in the Egegik District was 305-thousand. That pushes the season total up to 494.5-thousand. Wednesdays' catch in the Togiak District was 4.6-thousand sockeye to push the total to over 11-thousand. The total catch in the Ugashik District is 4.5-thousand so far this season.

Elijah Lawson

The sockeye have hit the Nushagak District in force and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is responding with increased fishing time. KDLG’s Mike Mason reports.

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