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Izzy Ross/KDLG

For kids in Bristol Bay, summer is a time to explore, fish and hang out with friends. The pandemic has changed summer activities for everyone. But Dillingham’s annual culture camps went ahead — with a few adjustments, and a few unexpected benefits have come out of a tough situation. 

City of Chignik Bay

The community is still feeling tremors from the earthquake, causing some side effects. Chignik Bay is also looking to improve emergency infrastructure after last month's evacuation.

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.

USFWS/Togiak Wildlife Refuge

Managers say they want to provide subsistence opportunity to residents while still conserving the herd. The bag limit for the hunt is one bull. Hunters must possess an RC-503 permit to participate. 

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released the final environmental review of the proposed Pebble Mine at the end of a big year for Bristol Bay sockeye. Some scientists say the health of the sockeye run depends on genetic diversity, and that one piece of that diversity would be especially vulnerable if the mine is built.  

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.

 

 

 

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 27, 2020

Jul 27, 2020
Sage Smiley / KDLG

A retrospective (and future) look at biology and ecology in Bristol Bay and beyond. 

Brooks Camp closes due to COVID-19 cases

Jul 27, 2020
Sage Smiley / KDLG

The Brooks Camp Developed Area of Katmai National Park and Preserve is closed due to multiple cases of COVID-19 among residents of the area. 

 

 

 

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North Pacific Seafoods was sued for false imprisonment and failing to pay the workers, among other charges. 

 

U.S Army Corps of Engineers

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has released its final environmental review for the proposed Pebble Mine. The project’s supporters are calling the report a win, but critics say the study is fundamentally flawed.

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. 

 

 

 

NOAA Tsunami Warning Center

NOAA’s National Tsunami Warning Center cancelled the tsunami warning shortly after midnight. It reported a 24-centimeter wave at Sand Point.

 

Courtesy of Dan Dunaway

"Ultimately what we want to do is we want to dissuade having to put down a bear and discourage residents from having to [take a bear in the Defense of Life and Property]," said Regional Management Coordinator Todd Rinaldi.

CDC

The Camai clinic announced the Bristol Bay Borough's first resident case Sunday. The clinic says the other case, one of its health care worker, is not a resident of the borough, and is currently in isolation. 

Courtesy of Georgia Tech Risk Assessment Planning Tool

Bristol Bay Borough is the county with the highest nationally-reported rates of COVID-19 infections per capita in the United States. But the borough hasn’t had a single resident case, and there has been no community spread of the virus.

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