Bristol Bay

Elijah Lawson

This year’s sockeye fishery in Bristol Bay was a major topic of discussion Saturday during the first “Business of Fish” workshop of the season. The workshop was held in Dillingham and was sponsored by the Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation. Robin Samuelsen Junior is the Chairman of the Board. He observed that the price fishermen receive for their sockeye catch has been increasing in recent years.

Elijah Lawson

The value of Bristol Bay driftnet permits continues to increase with lots of transactions as fishermen prepare for this summer’s sockeye fishery in the Bay. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.

Togiak District Preview

Apr 3, 2014

The sockeye run to the Togiak District is forecasted to be up this year according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. KDLG’s Mike Mason took a look at the recently released outlook for commercial fishing and filed this report.

Nushagak District Sockeye Preview

Apr 1, 2014
Mike Mason

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has released the document that lays out what Bristol Bay’s commercial fishermen can expect for this year’s sockeye fishery. KDLG’s Mike Mason spoke with the manager for the Nushagak District for this preview.

Mike Mason

A comprehensive guide has been released that outlines many of the available jobs in the Bristol Bay region in the fisheries, seafood processing and maritime trades. The new career guide was prepared by the Bristol Bay Native Association. It was released during the recent economic summit of the Southwest Alaska Municipal Conference.

A number of Alaska Native leaders from the Bristol Bay region have raised concerns about legislation that would make some substantial changes to the permitting system for the use of state land in Alaska. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.

"Sockeye Market Analysis" Report Released

Mar 12, 2014
Celeste Novak

A new report shows that Bristol Bay produced 31-percent of the world’s commercially caught sockeye salmon last year. That’s down significantly from previous years. The new “Sockeye Market Analysis” report was prepared by the McDowell Group for the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association.

Bristol Bay Driftnet Permit Values Inch Upwards

Mar 4, 2014
Celeste Novak

There continues to be some upward pressure on the value of Bristol Bay driftnet fishing permits. The February permit values report from the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission puts the value of a Bristol Bay driftnet permit at $133.9-thousand dollars. That’s up $900-dollars compared to the value recorded back in January.

KTOO

A rising star in the Alaska Republican Party took to the editorial pages of the Juneau Empire and the Anchorage Daily News last week regarding the proposed Pebble Mine. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.

Sockeye Fillets Make a Whole Foods Top 10 List

Feb 14, 2014
Mike Mason

The leading organic and natural foods grocery store chain in the U.S. recently released a top 10 list that includes sockeye salmon fillets from Alaska.

Very Cold Temperatures to Impact Southwest Alaska

Feb 11, 2014

The weather has turned cold across much of Southwest Alaska and the cold is expected to continue through the rest of the week. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.

Bristol Bay Driftnet Permit Values Up Again

Feb 5, 2014
Mike Mason

The value placed on Bristol Bay driftnet permits is up again. The latest monthly permit values report from the Alaska Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission puts the value of a Bristol Bay driftnet permit at $133-thousand dollars. That’s up from the $127-thousand dollar value recorded back in December and is way up compared to the $89.3-thousand dollar value recorded in February of last year. The value of a Bristol Bay driftnet permit is the highest it’s been in recent years and the value has risen every month for the last year.

Celeste Novak

Commercial fishermen from the Bristol Bay region are eligible for money and assistance to upgrade their vessels. The assistance comes from the local community development quota organization for the Bristol Bay region. However, there are some looming deadlines for fishermen to consider.

AIFMA

A couple of groups that represent large numbers of Bristol Bay commercial fishermen are praising the findings in the new Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.

The EPA has released the final version of the document they will use to make future regulatory decisions about whether or not to allow large scale mining to go forward in the Bristol Bay Region.

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