Mitch Borden

Small processors carve out a market in Bristol Bay

Large seafood companies buy and sell most of the sockeye caught every summer in Bristol Bay, but there are a lot of small businesses that sell fillets right to customers all over the country and finding some success doing it. KDLG visited some of these small processors to talk shop.

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Courtesy of Elma Burnham

"Strenth of the Tides" pledge promotes safety of women who fish

Elma Burnham started the website "Strength of the Tides" to help women find safe boats to fish on and keep people accountable for making the fishing industry a better place for women to work.

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Avery Lill/KDLG

In April, the Alaska Department of Natural Resources announced that it would reconvene the Bristol Bay Advisory Group. Last week, DNR announced the 11 newly appointed members who will provide input on land use and management around the region.

New power plant will keep lights on in Togiak

Aug 7, 2018
Austin Fast / KDLG

Processing salmon comes to a standstill in Togiak as regular blackouts hit the small village, but there is a solution on the horizon.

Togiak's slow but steady salmon run cracks record

Aug 7, 2018
Austin Fast / KDLG

Togiak has Bristol Bay’s smallest and latest salmon run, but it's following the Nushagak's lead and broke through 1980’s total run record of 1.2 million sockeye on Monday. Follow this set net crew out on the water in Togiak Bay.

Togiak National Wildlife Refuge

An artist from Los Angeles recently spent a week in Togiak to learn how people have lived off the land and thrived in the region. She also enlisted village kids to help her paint a colorful mural. 

Mitch Borden

Pilot Point is beginning construction on wind turbines that will hopefully both power and heat the village. 

Avery Lill/KDLG

Shannon Small is charged with starting last week’s fire in the Dillingham boat harbor. Rudy Erickson allegedly interfered with fire fighters’ efforts.

Dillingham Police Department

According to Dillingham Police, Ivan Gust, 29, was texting and calling a victim in a 2016 stalking case, which violated the terms of his probation. Police say he later confessed to sexual assault of a minor.

Mitch Borden

After a very slow beginning to their season, fishermen in Ugashik Bay saw millions of sockeye salmon return in a little over a week in mid-July. The short intense peak of the season turned out to be beneficial for some of the fishermen who stuck it out all the weeks without fish. 

Austin Fast / KDLG

As social and environmental changes increasingly threaten those who practice subsistence in Bristol Bay, a new project seeks to preserve the knowledge and voices of Alaska Native women.

Dillingham Police Department

Police say that when Stanley was arrested at the Sea Inn on Saturday he was in possession of a gram of black tar heroin, a gram of methamphetamine, money and a scale.

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