Bristol Bay's Sockeye Harvest Hits 4-Million

Jun 25, 2013
Mike Mason

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game reports that another 725.5-thousand sockeye were harvested bay-wide on Monday to push the season total to just over 4-million.

Mike Mason

The Nushagak District continues to post large sockeye salmon escapement numbers and Fish and Game is giving fishermen a lot of fishing time. KDLG’s Mike Mason has this update.

Mike Mason

The ongoing Port Moller Test Fishery had another good day of fishing on Monday. 184-sockeye were taken across all the stations with the largest catch coming at station 8 with 66-sockeye. 62-fish were taken at station 6 and 48-sockeye were taken at station 10. 8-fish were taken at station 4. No sockeye were taken at station 2 and it’s unclear if the test boat actually fished that station.

Mike Mason

The Port Moller Test Fishery got underway again on Sunday after standing down on Saturday due to bad weather. KDLG’s Mike Mason took a look at Sunday’s catch report for this story.

The daily harvest of sockeye in the massive Bristol Bay commercial fishery topped 1-million fish on Sunday. Through Sunday the total catch Bay-wide is over 3.2-million sockeye. 

The U.S. Senate is considering legislation to allow foreign students to once again work in the seafood processing industry. The state department removed food manufacturing from the J1 program last year and put new restrictions on working hours.   The legislation puts fish processing back into the program and charges a fee for each foreign worker. It was attached to a border security amendment accepted Monday that’s part of the larger immigration overhaul bill.

Nushagak Setnetters Are Open Until Further Notice

Jun 24, 2013
Celeste Novak

Things are changing quickly in the Nushagak District with record levels of early escapement to the Nushagak and Wood Rivers. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.

The sockeye salmon continue to pour into the Nushagak and Wood Rivers as one river has already met its escapement goal and the other is well on its way. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for Sunday, June 23

Jun 23, 2013

The Sunday, June 23rd edition of the Bristol Bay Fisheries Report includes an update on the harvest and escapement of sockeye and a report on some new research about the the Port Moller Test Fishery. The report also includes a story about the death of long time Bristol Bay drifter Tom Temple from Homer.

The sockeye run to Bristol Bay is the subject of a lot of attention. One of the entities that follows the run on a day-to-day… perhaps even tide-to-tide… is the University of Washington’s Fisheries Research Institute.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for Saturday June 22

Jun 22, 2013
Mike Mason

This edition of the Bristol Bay Fisheries Report includes a report on the latest stock composition summary for the catch as part of the Port Moller Test Fishery and updates on how things look in the Egegik and Nushagak Districts. The report also includes a story about the death of long-time Bristol Bay fishermen Tom Temple. The Bristol Bay Fisheries Report is hosted by KDLG News Director Mike Mason and it airs each Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the fishing season in Bristol Bay.

Mike Mason

As noted earlier the Port Moller Test Fishery continues to post very large index numbers and the cumulative traditional index number is the highest on record.

Mike Mason

The commercial sockeye harvest in Bristol Bay has topped 1.8-million with another 417-thousand fish added to the total on Friday.

Snapshot from the Chigniks Sockeye Fishery

Jun 21, 2013

From on board the '48 foot Diana to the 225' foot floating processor Ocean Fresh, a look at the sockeye fishery in the Chigniks, already well underway.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for June 21

Jun 21, 2013
Mike Mason

The June 21st Bristol Bay Fisheries Report includes an update on the large movement of fish into and through the Nushagak District. We also get the first genetic data of the season from the Port Moller Test Fishery and hear about how the fisheries are doing down in the Chigniks.