Sockeye Salmon

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Bristol Bay Sockeye Restaurant Week in Boulder, Colorado is raising the national visibility of Bristol Bay's salmon fisheries.

2015 Chignik sockeye late, prices low

Oct 29, 2015
Hannah Colton/KDLG

Like other runs around the state, Chignik sockeye came late and prices were low.

Bristol Bay 2015 season summary: 3rd-largest run ever

Sep 7, 2015
Dewey Hemilright

Fish and Game released numbers counting a near-record-setting run total of 58 million sockeye;  harvest was counted at 37.6 million sockeye


A couple of groups that represent large numbers of Bristol Bay commercial fishermen are praising the findings in the new Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is forecasting that next year’s sockeye run to Bristol Bay will be 4-million fish larger than this year’s actual run. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.

Elijah Lawson

The value placed on Bristol Bay driftnet fishing permits by the State of Alaska continues to go up. 

The seafood landed in Bristol Bay last year was valued at over $150-million dollars according to the annual “Fisheries of the United States” report. Last year Dutch Harbor was once again the leading port for seafood landings nationwide. It’s the 16th straight year that Dutch Harbor led the nation in seafood landings. Over 752-million pounds of seafood was delivered to Dutch Harbor and that seafood was valued at over $214-million dollars.

Celeste Novak

The value of Bristol Bay driftnet permits is increasing according to information from the State of Alaska. The Alaska Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission tracks all of the sales of fishing permits in Alaska and monthly they produce a permit value report. The September report puts the value of a Bristol Bay driftnet permit at $100.7-thousand dollars. That’s up from the $95.5-thousand dollars permit value recorded back in August.

Last year the Alaska Department of Fish and Game made public proposed new sockeye escapement goals for many of the rivers in Bristol Bay. Those goals won’t be implemented for a couple of years… except for one. KDLG’s Mike Mason explains.

Mike Mason

For the last few week’s millions of sockeye smolt have been leaving the major lakes in the Bristol Bay region headed for the salt water. They will be back in a couple of years as the adult sockeye that power the Bay’s massive commercial fishery.

World Salmon Markets Impact Bristol Bay

Apr 11, 2013
Celeste Novak

One of the foremost experts on salmon markets flew into Dillingham last Saturday to share what he knows with an interested group of salmon fishermen. KDLG's Mike Mason was there and filed this report.