Commercial Fishing for coho salmon in the Nushagak district is set to open at 9 a.m. Thursday and Togiak Seafoods will be buying. General Manager Voita Novak says one tender, the Sea Trek II left Togiak at about 4 a.m Wednesday, headed to the Nushagak. Novak is asking fisherman to contact the tender Thursday morning on Channel 72.     

"They need to first call the tender, let them know they're fishing.  We need to know how many boats will fish so we know we can manage the fishery and everyone will be happy," said Novak.

Nushagak Opener Ends With Strong Coho Catches

Aug 6, 2013

Some fishermen still waiting for tenders to come back from Togiak and pick up the rest of the fish.

Escapement of coho in the Nushagak River ahead of the curve after a strong push over the weekend, but fishing will close Tuesday at 9am.

The Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for Saturday, August 3 includes an update on the effort to certify Alaska's salmon fisheries as sustainable under the MSC label. The report also features a story about new research to track the migration of Nushagak River kings salmon. All of that and more in the Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for Saturday, August 3. 

Mike Mason

The Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for Friday, August 2nd includes a story about regulatory changes considered by the Alaska Board of Fisheries during their Bristol Bay meeting last December. We also outline some new research to track king salmon in the Nushagak River. The report also includes the details of the wholesale value of sockeye salmon products in 2012. All of that an more in the Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for Friday, August 2nd.


Commercial driftnet fishermen Fritz Johnson from Dillingham has been selected by Alaska Governor Sean Parnell to fill a vacancy on the Alaska Board of Fisheries. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.

The effort to get Alaska’s commercially caught salmon recertified under the Marine Stewardship Council’s label of sustainability took a major step forward Wednesday with the release of a draft report. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for July 27 and 28

Jul 29, 2013
Michael Link

The Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for July 27th and 28th includes several stories that were not included in the Fisheries Report aired on Friday.

A seafood processor based in Togiak is hoping to come into the Nushagak District later this week to buy coho salmon. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.

Sailing for Salmon exhibit

A well-known member of Bristol Bay’s driftnet fleet is looking for a captain and crew that might be interested in fishing for salmon next year in the Bay. The catch is that they would use an old double-ender sailboat. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.

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Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for Friday, July 26

Jul 26, 2013
Celeste Novak

The Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for Friday, July 26th includes an update on the effort to lighter the fuel off the sunken tender Lone Star and a report on how things are shaping up in the Togiak District. We also have a report on how several fishermen feel about their 2013 season. All of that and more in the Friday, July 26th Bristol Bay Fisheries Report.

Senate Resources Committee

Businesses that sell food in national parks across the country would not sell Alaskan fish if they stick to new healthy foods guidelines from the park service.  Those call for seafood to be certified by the Marine Stewardship Council or the Monterey Bay Aquarium.  Alaska lost its MSC certification this year.

The Park Service’s move has prompted pushback from industry and Alaska’s congressional delegation. And that may have worked: the head of the parks said Thursday that he is willing to change the guidelines. KDLG’s Ben Matheson has more:

More Fishing Time in Togiak

Jul 25, 2013

Bristol Bay’s final significant sockeye run is to the Togiak River and like the rest of the Bay’s sockeye runs, it’s showing up early. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.

Bristol Bay Fishermen Talk About Their Season

Jul 24, 2013
Elijah Lawson

The 2013 Bristol Bay sockeye salmon season is just about in the books. It was a historic year featuring the earliest run on record and a significant price increase. KDLG News recently spoke with several fishermen about their season. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.

Ben Matheson

The vast majority of the commercial fishermen who ply their trade each summer in Bristol Bay have called it a season. However, there is still fishing pressure being applied in the western-most fishing district in the Bay. KDLG’s Mike Mason explains.