Commercial Fishing

Courtesy of BBRSDA

The new program aims to improve fish quality by putting hydraulic RSW units on the vessels of CDQ qualified fishermen. 

The Pebble Mine project is a source of controversy in Dillingham because of the potential damage it could cause to th fish stocks.  While most opposition to the mine is quite direct, a fisherman’s association hopes to convey their message through photography.  KDLG’s Chase Cavanaugh has more.

UAF Bristol Bay Campus

The University of Alaska Fairbanks and the Marine Advisory Program are teaming up to teach the art of commercial fishing in the Bristol Bay region. KDLG’s Luke Brummer has more.

Alaska House Majority

The Alaska House of Representatives voted unanimously Wednesday in favor of legislation intended to fix a problem with the use of commercial fishing “dude” licenses. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.

More Fishing Jobs in Alaska

Nov 20, 2013

Some new data from the State of Alaska indicates that the number of fishing jobs in the state of Alaska has been inching upwards over the last few years. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.

A couple of commercial fishermen were found guilty of violations last week in Naknek. 46-year old Sergie Chukwak of Naknek was cited by the State Troopers for fishing during a closed period near Naknek and he was found guilty of that charge during a bench trial on August 26th in the Naknek District Court.

The daily harvest of sockeye in the massive Bristol Bay commercial fishery topped 1-million fish on Sunday. Through Sunday the total catch Bay-wide is over 3.2-million sockeye. 

Rising ocean temperatures are thought to be a factor in the large scale movement of fish stocks.  Using actual temperatures of harvested fish, scientists have now tracked the shift of warm weather species towards the poles.

Because fish are cold blooded, they are totally dependent on surrounding temperatures to stay alive.  And as they’re highly mobile, fish species will move to where the temperatures are most comfortable.  That’s the idea behind a study led by scientists from the University of British Colombia. 

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!


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".

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.