Environment

Courtesy of Jeremy Rubingh

The letter says fishermen in Alaska are aptly positioned to contribute to conversations related to an executive order the Biden Administration introduced in January.

Ashe Christensen

Since 2000, the Bristol Bay Native Association has offered annual internship opportunities for Native students with a focus on biological and social sciences. The experience provides a unique learning opportunity, and a window into scientific research.  

Brian Venua / KDLG

Erosion research goes one step further in Dillingham. A permanent tide gauge will be instilled at the city dock. 

KDLG/Brian Venua

Ekuk operates differently than other set net beaches in the bay; fishers rely on trucks to carry their catch to the local processor. As fishing in the village evolved with technology and product demands, so has the coastline. Rapid erosion threatens structures and setnet sites across the beach.

Katmai National Park and Reserve

The campground will open to 30 people at a time this summer, starting on June 1. Park officials say they are working with federal, state and local health authorities to try to increase access to the campgrounds and monitor COVID-19.

  

KDLG/Tyler Thompson

Researchers from the University of Alaska Fairbanks will travel to Dillingham this week to continue erosion research in 11 of Bristol Bay’s coastal communities.

  

Google Earth

The 30 year average amount of precipitation is usually around 0.7 inches according to data collected by the weather station, making last March over three times the norm. 

 

Courtesy of Larry Van Daele

Larry Van Daele was named chair in January.  His membership on the board expires this summer, and he won't be reappointed. Van Daele talks about his time in Southwest Alaska and the history of a crucial caribou hunt.

Courtesy of Bryan Reiley

Reiley brings experience as a biologist and technician in several states researching birds, grizzlies and black bears. He recently received his PhD in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Illinois.

  

KDLG/Tyler Thompson

When Pebble’s federal permit proposal was rejected last year, several of Bristol Bay’s Tribal and regional entities renewed calls for permanent protections at the region’s headwaters. Earlier this month, those groups introduced a two-step plan, or “The Call,” to do just that. 

Izzy Ross/KDLG

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until 6:00 p.m. Monday, and gusts are expected to reach up to 70 mph after midnight, with widespread rain and snow showers.

Katmai National Park and Reserve

Bear 747 was named the winner of Katmai National Park's Fat Bear Week competition, defeating 32 Chunk in the finals.

Katmai National Park and Reserve

It’s a huge election year … for bears. Katmai National Park’s Fat Bear Week is underway, and the competition is bigger than ever. That’s in part to large sockeye salmon runs in Bristol Bay. 

Courtesy of Melvin and Sally Andrew

A muskox was recently spotted in Manokotak. This is highly unusual — these animals normally range further north and west, across the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. But in recent years, state biologists and Bristol Bay residents have noticed these stocky, furry fellas stepping out of their home turf.

 

NOAA

The area from Pilot Point up towards Naknek could experience southwest winds sustained as high as 30 - 40 mph with higher gusts, according to climate specialist Rick Thoman. 

 

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