Fisheries

Nushagak District reopens to commercial fishing

Jul 31, 2018
Bruce Ilutsik

After being closed for nearly a week following a fuel spill from a sunken vessel, the Nushagak District reopened to set and drift fishermen Tuesday afternoon.

ADF&G Staff

When they flew an aerial survey today, ADF&G did not observe oil sheen coming from the wreckage of the tender that sank near Clark's Point Wednesday. Commercial fishing in the district could open as early as 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Mike Jones

At 4 p.m. the Alaska Department of Fish and Game recieved reports that people in Igushik could see and smell fuel on the water. In response, the Igushik Section of the Nushagak District will close to commercial fishing at 6 p.m. 

Mike Jones

A man is still missing and fuel is leaking from the wreckage after the F/V Pacific Knight sank near Clark's Point on Wednesday. This afternoon, ADF&G closed commercial fishing in the Nushagak District due to risk of spilled fuel contaminating fish and fishing gear.

Mitch Borden

Seafood processors across Bristol Bay in the summer rely mostly on the judgment of college students to determine the caliber of sockeye they're buying from fishermen. KDLG's Mitch Borden spent a day on the salmon tender F/V Muskrat to see what goes into grading these salmon — and keeping fishermen honest. 

Mitch Borden/KDLG

The Alaska Board of Fisheries declared the low sockeye return to the Chignik River an emergency at a meeting on Tuesday. Members voted to keep the subsection of the Dolgoi Islands and Southeastern District Mainland area closed through August 8. 

Mitch Borden

For decades, Sherol Mershon has spent her summer in Aleknagik hanging nets for fishermen around Bristol Bay. KDLG's Mitch Borden caught up with her one afternoon and has this postcard.

Dennis Villanez

When the F/V Kristi lost power on Saturday in the Nushagak District, the tide pushed it between two much larger ships, where it lodged on a Yokohama fender. The Kristi sank, and the captain and crew escaped with seconds to spare.

 

Mitch Borden

By examining small lines on the backs of salmon scales, researchers can determine the age of salmon returning to Bristol Bay. That information is crucial to fisheries management and forecasts.

Austin Fast / KDLG

Mud is the tie that binds all set netters together, but some are better than others at traipsing through the gloop. We found three fishermen who couldn’t stop gushing about it.

'The river eats nets,' says net hanger of NRSHA

Jul 11, 2018
Hannah Colton

Fishermen try to navigate the challenges of fishing in the Naknek River Special Harvest Area while keeping their nets intact. This can be a hard goal to achieve as boats try to squeeze into the river to catch as many sockeye as they can. 

Isabelle Ross/KDLG

As Bristol Bay’s 2018 salmon season continues, seafood processors are grappling with a problem that has loomed large over the industry the past few years – an increasing demand for H-2B visas to fill processor jobs.

Mitch Borden

 

The Naknek River is a little chaoctic as fishermen compete for fish in the Naknek River Special Harvest Area. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game have mandated fishermen fish in the river to help the Kvichak River reach its escapement goal. This is a challenge for fishermen but it is exciting for locals who now get to watch the sockeye fishery from the shores of the Naknek River.  

Mitch Borden/KDLG

The Kvichak River is likely coming in below forecast. The Naknek River Special Harvest Area will open tonight, and drift boats from the district will have the opportunity to fish exclusively Naknek salmon. ADF&G hopes that, with the larger district closed, enough sockeye will make it up the Kvichak River to meet the escapement goal.

Mitch Borden

Fishermen around Bristol Bay wait anxiously to see if they will have to head to special harvest areas to help the Kvichak River meet its escapement goal.

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