Fisheries

KDLG/Brian Venua

Salmon processors in Bristol Bay are boosting the prices per pound for sockeye amid favorable markets. Preliminary data released by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in November, suggests better prices and increased demand over 2020’s salmon season. That improvement extends beyond Bristol Bay, as more fisheries across the state had better harvests this year.

  

Courtesy of Joe Bundrant

Bundrant, one of the founders of America’s largest seafood company, Trident, died last month. He started out as a deckhand on an Alaska crabbing boat in the 1960s and went on to become one of the most influential seafood executives in the world.

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In the past decade, Bristol Bay has seen consistently large salmon runs and continues to break records. But some other Alaska fisheries are experiencing historically low runs, a trend that worries scientists, fishery managers and communities. What keeps Bristol Bay booming as other areas struggle?

 

Courtesy of Mabel Baldwin-Schaeffer

For the first time, the federal National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has a Tribal research coordinator. NOAA is a key federal leader of environmental research. Those involved say the new position is a step toward better representation for Alaska’s Indigenous communities. 

BBRSDA Waypoints

Jul 22, 2021

BBRSDA’s Executive Director Andy Wink is joined by Marketing Director Lilani Dunn and Board President Michael Jackson to give an overview of BBRSDA.

Hope McKenney

 

The 2021 run broke 2018's record of 62.9 million sockeye, and it's the fourth time since 1952 that the run surpassed 60 million salmon. 

 

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Peter Pan set an initial base price of $1.10 in June, before fishing began. The company upped the price to $1.25 to stay competitive with other processors, according to its Bristol Bay manager.

Izzy Ross/KDLG

OBI's base price is $0.15 higher than the price Peter Pan announced before fishing started in June. 

  

BBRSDA Waypoints

Jul 15, 2021

The fourth episode of Waypoints Radio features a discussion with UAF’s Curry Cunningham and UW’s Ray Hilborn and Daniel Schindler about research activities going on in Bristol Bay.

Izzy Ross/KDLG

Bears have a harder time fishing in deep waters of the Brooks River, and the park's partial closure will give bears unhindered access to shallower waters. 

Alex Hager/KDLG

“There were a few different questions we’re going to try to answer with that project, but a proposal has been submitted and we won’t know about funding until next year,” said Chignik Area Management Biologist Reid Johnson.

BBRSDA Waypoints

Jul 8, 2021

The third episode of Waypoints Radio aired on July 8 features BBRSDA’s Marketing Team. Marketing Director, Lilani Dunn, speaks with Mark Jones, Christine Fanning, and Kate Consenstein about the success of Bristol Bay Sockeye at the retail stores with a focus on this upcoming Fresh Season. They also discuss the unique ways stores can choose to do promotions, how the pandemic reshaped consumer behaviors towards seafood and how the BBRSDA plans on riding the momentum of increased seafood consumption at home.

BBNC Education Foundation

The Bristol Bay Native Corporation held its third annual in-person king salmon derby in June to raise money for higher-education programs. And while the crowds were big -- it attracted sports fishermen from all over the state and even the country -- the fish were pretty small.

BBRSDA Waypoints

Jul 2, 2021

The second episode of Waypoints Radio focuses on the evolution of fish quality in Bristol Bay and explores the quality-oriented activities BBRSDA is funding this season. BBRSDA’s Frances Bursch and Andy Wink are joined by Chuck Anderson, a long-time retail buyer of Bristol Bay sockeye who is now the Vice President for Seafood Analytics, a company that has developed exciting new technology to quantify seafood quality

Courtesy of Little Alaskan FIsh Company

“We hope that this is a model for other fishermen. If you look at the scale of what we’re doing, it’s very small as far as the total salmon market,” said Downey, co-owner of Little Alaskan Fish Company. "There’s tons of opportunity for small-scale direct marketers and microprocessors to get in, start something and be financially viable.”

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