Courtesy of Peter Pan Seafoods.

One of the largest seafood companies in the world has sold Peter Pan Seafoods to three buyers. The sale comes after years of struggle for the seafood processor, which has a big footprint in Alaska. But the new owners are optimistic.

Year in Review 2020: Fishing

Dec 28, 2020
Brian Venua/KDLG

It was another huge year for Bristol Bay's fishery. KDLG's coverage ranged from how the pandemic affected the season and fishermen's reactions to prices to the lowest run on record in the Chignik River.

Sage Smiley/KDLG

The state’s salmon returns this summer were full of ups and downs. In many areas the runs and harvests were far lower than expected, while Bristol Bay sockeye and Kodiak pinks came back strong.

Izzy Ross/KDLG

Heading into the 2020 fishing season, many people were concerned that seafood workers from out of state would bring COVID-19 to rural communities. Processing companies managed to keep the disease under control  but at a big cost. Now, economists are looking at that financial toll. 

Brian Venua/KDLG

 The program is aimed at compensating commercial fishermen in the U.S. who have been negatively affected by certain trade tariffs. Fishermen can apply now through December 14.

Russell Nelson

The 150-foot vessel is worth $7 million. It sustained severe damage after it was beached during last weekend’s storm.

Alex Hager / KDLG

Chignik’s early run of sockeye this year is the lowest on record, and it failed to meet its lower-end escapement goal for the third year in a row. With commercial fishing at a standstill, the community is struggling to make ends meet.

Sage Smiley / KDLG

After a summer plagued by a pandemic, plummeting prices, and a global recession, fishing activists are calling for changes to governmental protections for fisheries in Alaska and across the country.




Sage Smiley / KDLG

Bristol Bay salmon processors are starting to post base prices, and this year’s price is just over half of last year's base price of $1.35. 




Izzy Ross/KDLG

No injuries were reported, according to the U.S. Coast Guard, which is investigating the situation.

KDLG/Sage Smiley

The total run in the bay has passed 2 million. The run in the Naknek-Kvichak is late -- that’s in line with the past five years. And there are fewer boats around the bay than the past several years. But the harvest on the east side is bigger than it has been. A boat also caught fire Saturday in the Nushagak District.

Pandemic throws a wrench in salmon market

Jun 23, 2020
Sage Smiley/KDLG

The possibility of significant outbreaks at processing plants, and a decrease in consumer power, poses big questions about the reliability of both supply and demand this season. 


Caitlin Tan / KDLG

Silver Bay said in a statement that the three processors were chartered out of Naknek and received further care in Anchorage. 



Sage Smiley/KDLG

On the day they were supposed to travel to Naknek, the results for three of the workers came back positive. All 150 of the workers were told they had to quarantine for an additional 11 days, the complaint alleges.

Courtesy of Henry and Helen Herrmann, KATM Collection, National Park Service

In honor of Juneteenth this year, KDLG spoke with a Bristol Bay historian about the history of Black Americans, and racism, in the state of Alaska and here in Bristol Bay.