Bristol Bay

The sockeye are starting to move in Bristol Bay as fishermen are getting increasing amounts of fishing time. KDLG’s Mike Mason has this report about how things are looking in the eastside districts.

Mike Mason

Tuesday was the first big day of the season for the harvest of sockeye in Bristol Bay. Over 307.7-thousand sockeye were caught commercially to push the season total up to 664.7-thousand fish. Leading the way so far this season is the Naknek-Kvichak District where fishermen caught 250-thousand sockeye on Tuesday to push the District total up to 404.6-thousand. There was no harvest Tuesday in the Egegik District so the District total remains unchanged at 189.5-thousand fish. Tuesday’s harvest in the Nushagak District was 53-thousand sockeye to push the season total up to 59.7-thousand fish. The sockeye harvest in the Togiak District was 4.7-thousand on Tuesday to push the season total in the District up to 6.4-thousand. The Ugashik District remains closed to commercial fishing and the District total remains at 4.5-thousand sockeye.

Mike Mason

The escapement of sockeye to the Wood and Nushagak Rivers picked up significantly on Tuesday resulting in fishing time for the drifters and setnetters in the Nushagak District. KDLG’s Mike Mason took a look at the numbers for this report.

Mike Mason

Things are starting to pick up across much of Bristol Bay as the total harvest is now over 350-thousand sockeye. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.

Mike Mason

Catches at the ongoing Port Moller Test Fishery spiked upwards on Monday with the largest daily catch of the year. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.

Mike Mason

The first setnet opening of the season in the Nushagak Section of the larger Nushagak District is underway. However, it looks like the drifters will have to wait a little longer for their first opportunity to go fishing in the District. KDLG’s Mike Mason reports.

Mike Mason

Commercial fishermen across Bristol Bay are waiting on fish and fishing time as the sockeye run appears to be building slowly. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s run summary for Sunday does not note any commercial harvest on Sunday despite the fact that there were setnet openings in the Ugashik District and the Igushik Section of the Nushagak District. In those 2 areas Fish and Game is precluded from reporting the harvest information because of the confidentially restrictions when there are less than 3 processors buying fish. That means that the official harvest total through Sunday stays at just over 281-thousand sockeye. The harvest down in the Ugashik District is just over 4-thousand and in the Egegik District the official harvest is 115.4-thousand sockeye. The harvest in the Naknek-Kvichak District is 154.6-thousand and the season total harvest in the Nushagak District is just 6.1-thousand. The official harvest total in the Togiak District is 815.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for June 22, 2014

Jun 22, 2014

The Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for Sunday includes an update on the uptick in catches at the Port Moller Test Fishery and a story about a new novel set in Bristol Bay.   We also have an update on the latest escapement numbers to the Bay's rivers.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for June 21, 2014

Jun 21, 2014
Mike Mason

The Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for Saturday June 21 includes an update on the short-notice announcement for fishermen in the Nushagak District and a look at the prices paid to commercial fishermen during the 2013 season.  The report also includes a story about the effort to reinstate the J-1 Visa Program.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for June 20, 2014

Jun 20, 2014
Mike Mason

The Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for June 20th includes an update on harvest and escapement across the Bay and a story about an effort to reinstate the J-1 Visa program for Alaska's seafood processing industry.   The report also includes a story about the efforts of the BB-RSDA to stop development of the proposed Pebble Mine.

Elijah Lawson

Bristol Bay’s massive sockeye fishery has been slow to build in recent days but Wednesday’s commercial sockeye harvest topped 81-thousand fish. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.

Mike Mason

The escapement of sockeye salmon ticked up a bit on Wednesday to the Wood and Nushagak Rivers as fishermen await the first sockeye opening of the season in the Nushagak District. KDLG’s Mike Mason reports.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for June 15, 2014

Jun 15, 2014
Mike Mason

Sunday's Bristol Bay Fisheries Report includes updated data from the Port Moller Test Fishery and details about Monday's directed king salmon opener in the Nushagak District.

Mike Mason

Saturday was the 5th full day of fishing for the ongoing Port Moller Test Fishery, which is run for 30 days in June and July with the goal of giving fishermen and other a sense of the sockeye resource that’s 6 to 9-day’s away from Bristol Bay’s inshore fishing districts.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for June 14, 2014

Jun 14, 2014
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This report includes a story about the recent annual meeting of the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association and a report on the Alaska Local Boundary Commission meeting Wednesday about the Dillingham Superior Court Judge's decision to overturn the City of Dillingham's annexation of the Nushagak Commercial Fishing District.

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