Bristol Bay Fisheries Report June 15, 2016

Jun 15, 2016

The feds are working on the plan to keep fishing boats away from walrus, Egegik and Ugashik Manager Paul Salomone reminds us it's still early, and a look at the ecolabels that help sell salmon abroad. 

We knew it wouldn't take long to find shirtless fishermen on a sunny day with temps in the mid 70s. Where are the bugs? Where's the wind and rain? Why are processors posting prices early? Something strange is afoot in Bristol Bay 2016.
Credit KDLG

Continuing our series looking at each district, we check out what’s coming for Egegik and Ugashik this summer.

The Egegik run is expected to number 7.4 million sockeye, with an escapement goal range of 800,000 to 2 million. That leaves room for a potential 5.7 million fish harvest. Approximately 47 % of the run is expected to be age-2.3 fish, followed by age-2.2 (42 %), age-1.3 (7%), and age 1.2 (4%).

The forecasted Ugashik River sockeye salmon run in 2016 is 5.0 million fish, with an escapement goal range of 500,000 to 1.4 million sockeye, and a potential harvest of 3.8 million fish are potentially available for harvest. Approximately 74% of the run is expected to be age-1.2 fish, 10% age-2.2, 11% age-1.3, and 5% age-2.3 fish.

Saundra DuCross from the King Salmon Lodge was among a group sightseeing at the new walrus haul out at Cape Greig Sunday.
Credit Dave Bendinger / KDLG

The BBFR airs nightly between 6:30-7 p.m., re-airing at 10:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. Next week we'll be on 7 days a week till the fish stop runnin'.

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Snag Point set nets at high water.
Credit Susanna Henry