Fisheries

Chignik fishermen stuck ashore as sockeye run fails

Jul 5, 2018
Mitch Borden

Sockeye returns to the Chignik River are the lowest in 50 years, devestating local subsistence and commercial fishing. Area villages are requesting assistence from Governor Bill Walker and from the Alaska Board of Fisheries. The BOF will consider the request at a July 17 emergency meeting.

Austin Fast / KDLG

Every couple of days during salmon season, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game reports how many sockeye from each age class are returning to Bristol Bay. KDLG's Austin Fast followed their catch samplers for a day to see how they get those numbers.

Sarah Miller

It's the tenth anniversary of the Bristol Bay Fly Fishing and Guide Academy. This week-long course brings youth from around the region to teach them the skills they'd need to get a job in the sports fishing industry, which is dominated by guides from the lower 48. 

Advice for greenhorns: Do what you're told, and contain your dirty socks

Jun 22, 2018
Mitch Borden

Seasoned fishermen in Naknek and Dillingham weigh in with advice for newcomers to the industry.

Austin Fast / KDLG

Skiffs lined the beaches at Clark’s Point and Coffee Point and trucks raced the tide at Ekuk to set their nets for Nushagak’s 6 p.m. Tuesday opener.

Austin Fast / KDLG

It's Charley Wren's 74th summer fishing in Bristol Bay and time, he says, for his demotion from captain to cabin boy. His son Travis Wren is taking over the F/V Wrangler and the family business.

Austin Fast / KDLG

Fishermen faced blustery bouts of rain Tuesday at Dillingham’s small boat harbor, but that’s not dampening their enthusiasm for Wednesday's commercial drift net opener in the Nushagak and Igushik sections.

KDLG

Shortly after the U.S. released a list of goods on which it will place 25 percent tariffs, China announced reciprocal tariffs on U.S. goods, including Alaska seafood. Economists say it is too early to predict the effect such tariffs, which are slated to begin July 6, will have on industry.

Isabelle Ross/KDLG

Halibut season is winding down. So far 45,977 pounds of halibut have been landed in area 4-E. Some of the 21 fishermen participating between Dillingham, Naknek and Togiak send fish to processors. Others sell them dockside. A Dillingham fleet is taking a different approach to selling their catch.

Tim Sands/ADF&G

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game takes a look back at this year's Togiak herring fishery. 

photo courtesy of Maxine Christensen

The Native Village of Port Heiden is opening up a new fish processing plant in hopes of extending the summer salmon season for local fishermen.  

KDLG

Ugashik, Naknek-Kvichak and Egegik districts open to commercial fishing on Monday at 9 a.m. For the past two years, ADF&G has adjusted the north boundary of the Ugashik District to accomadate walrus hauled out at Cape Greig. This year, the walrus are a no show.

Isabelle Ross/KDLG

Halibut have hit the docks in Dillingham. The 4-E halibut fishery opened on May 1, and the first fish was landed on May 14.

Sarah Grace Durrance

The Bristol Bay Fish Expo takes place in Naknek June 8-9. In between the live auction, trade show and speed hiring, four candidates running for state governor in the November election will debate issues related to sustainability in rural Alaska.

Avery Lill/KDLG

Thirty percent of the Togiak sac roe herring quota is allocated to the gillnet fleet. This year, the F/V Wave Ryder was the fishery’s gillnet fleet of one.

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