Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 11, 2018

Jul 11, 2018

The Nushagak District has topped it's preseason forecast by almost a million sockeye!

A mid-July sunset in the Nushagak District
Credit Bruce Ilutsik

The Nushagak District has blown past its season forecast of 21.8 million sockeye. The catch and escapement reports from July 10 put the total run to the district at 22.7 million. Fishermen in the district again caught over a million sockeye on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the Naknek-Kvichak District remains closed, with fishermen restricted to the Naknek River Special Harvest Area. Alaska Department of Fish and Game management biologist, Travis Elison said that the escapement on the Kvichak River has improved slightly, but the full district is unlikely to reopen before the end of the week. Also on tonight's show, seafood economist Andy Wink is optimistic that low sockeye returns around the state will translate to a higher price at the end of the season.

KDLG's Avery Lill hosts the Bristol Bay Fisheries Report on July 5, 2018. Listen here...

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Marcia Dale's net mending workshop
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