Wild Salmon

The History and Future of Salmon

Dec 4, 2013
Mike Mason

The importance of protecting the abundant salmon runs in Alaska was addressed Wednesday during the first day of the Southwest Alaska Salmon Science Workshop. KDLG’s Mike Mason is covering the workshop and filed this report.

Mike Mason

This year’s commercial salmon harvest in Alaska was the largest on record and the value of this year’s harvest is the second highest ever. KDLG’s Mike Mason reports.

Congressional Hearing Focuses on the Pebble Mine

Oct 11, 2013
Trout Unlimited

On Thursday the proposed Pebble Mine and the EPA’s “Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment” were front and center during a committee hearing in the U.S. House of Representatives. KDLG’s Mike Mason listened in and filed this report, which is the second in a 2-part series.


Alaska is synonymous with seafood and this month is National Seafood Month. The seafood marketing arm of the State of Alaska is hoping seafood lovers will help celebrate by snapping a picture. Tyson Fick is a spokesman for the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute.

Mike Mason

This year’s sockeye run to Bristol Bay came in 12-percent below the preseason forecast. However, the district specific data shows that the sockeye run to the Nushagak District came in 8-percent above the forecast. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.

The "Salmon Project" Gets Started in Alaska

Aug 19, 2013
The Salmon Project

Alaska is home to a tremendous salmon resource that touches nearly every life in the state in one way or another. A new effort is underway to try and understand that relationship. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.

A new report suggest that many retailers are mislabeling seafood products by substituting cheaper alternatives. This includes labeling farmed salmon as wild-caught. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for Sunday, July 7

Jul 7, 2013
Mike Mason

The Sunday, July 7th edition of the Bristol Bay Fisheries Report includes details on the commercial fisheries closures in the 3 eastside districts and an update on how things are looking to the west in the Togiak District. We also have an update on the response to the sunken tender Lone Star in the mouth of the Igushik River. All of that and more in the Sunday, July 7th Bristol Bay Fisheries Report.

The Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for July 6 includes an update on the efforts to stop fuel leaking from the sunken tender Lone Star in the mouth of the Igushik River. We also have information on a projection that the 2013 sockeye run to Bristol Bay will come in significantly below the preseason forecast. We also have a report about effort to use refrigerated seawater systems to chill sockeye at the port of harvest. All of that and more in the Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for Saturday, July 6.

Mike Mason

The sockeye escapement counts in the Nushagak District took another large jump upwards on Friday as the mid-points on all 3 rivers are in sight.

Only MSC Salmon for Walmart

Jun 28, 2013

The largest grocery supplier in the U.S. is Walmart. As a matter of fact the company is the largest retailer on earth. Many stakeholders were shocked to hear this week that Walmart might end up not stocking frozen salmon products from Alaska. KDLG’s Mike Mason explains.

Mike Mason

It looks like the peak sockeye run through the Port Moller Test Fishery area has come and gone leading to speculation that the inshore peak is just days away. KDLG’s Mike Mason reports.

Ugashik District Update

Jun 26, 2013

The Ugashik District currently has the 2nd largest commercial sockeye harvest in Bristol Bay. For the last couple of days the harvest has exceeded the harvest of any other District in the Bay. KDLG’s Mike Mason has this update.

5-Million Sockeye Harvested in Bristol Bay

Jun 26, 2013

The commercial sockeye catch in Bristol Bay has topped 5-million fish. On Tuesday commercial fishermen across Bristol Bay hauled in over 989-thousand sockeye.  

Commercial fishermen continues to struggle to slow down the escapement of sockeye to the 3 rivers in the Nushagak District. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.