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
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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. 


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



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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. 



Courtesy of Alaska Sea Grant

Fish marketing experts are assessing how the rumors could affect Alaska salmon’s image in the world.


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Nushagak saw a big jump in its daily counts yesterday. The Wood River and Egegik towers started counting today. Kings are just starting to hit Dillingham beaches. Port Moller Test Fishery wasn’t out on the water, but they hope to get enough fish today to start running stock compositions.

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An hour-long program on state Mandate 17 and local ordinances in the Bristol Bay Borough, Lake and Peninsula Borough and City of Dillingham. 

KDLG Fish Report - the daily numbers

Jun 11, 2020
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Check here for regular updates on salmon run numbers around Bristol Bay, the Chigniks and Area M from ADF&G and the Port Moller Test Fishery.

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Around 500 boats come in and out of the harbor throughout the season for repairs or to take breaks between fishing openers. But a new set of safety rules changes that. 

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Murkowski says the $50 million the CARES Act designated for commercial fisheries nationwide is not enough.

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Dillingham subsistence permits can be filled out on phones, tablets, or computers. The electronic option is an effort to reduce foot traffic to Fish and Game's office, which only allows two visitors in the office at a time. 

Bristol Bay Regional Town Hall: April 30, 2020

Apr 30, 2020
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Local officials, processors, health care professionals and state representatives discussed plans and answered questions about the 2020 commercial fishery in Bristol Bay.

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Thousands of fishermen coming to Bristol Bay will be operating under a strict set of guidelines this season, laid out in the new mandate released last week by Governor Mike Dunleavy. But some local leaders say it’s not enough. 

Isabelle Ross/KDLG

This year, concerns about COVID-19 are hanging over the Bristol Bay fishing season. Along with the millions of reds returning to spawn in the streams and lakes around the region, thousands of commercial fishermen, processors and cannery workers are starting to arrive in the region.