Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 11, 2019

Jul 11, 2019

The Naknek-Kvichak brought in 690,000, and Egegik harvested 615,000.  Nushagak District hauled in more than half a million fish. Ugashik has yet to reach the lower end of its escapement goal. 

Naknek set netters on a sunny afternoon, July 11, 2019.
Credit Sage Smiley/KDLG


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Ugashik’s run is slow, but this isn’t necessarily due to a drastic lack of fish, but rather a drag in fish movement. We hear how Ugashik’s escapement is going from new area management biologist Aaron Tiernan. 


The Chignik area had a pink opener last weekend, but it didn’t turn up much. We check in with KDLG’s Alex Hager, who is in Chignik Bay right now. 

The designated location for fishermen in Dillingham to recycle their nets.
Credit Courtesy of Nicole Baker

The Curyung Tribe has been recycling nets in Dillingham for years. This season, the program is getting a boost. The tribe is partnering with Net Your Problem, a business that began recycling fishing nets two years ago.

Net Your Problem began in the summer of 2017, when founder Nicole Baker went to Dutch Harbor to recycle trawl fishing nets with the support of a nonprofit.  


This summer is the first time Net Your Problem has come to Bristol Bay. It currently recycles nets in Dutch Harbor and Kodiak, where so far, it has collected just over half a million pounds of nets. Baker also travelled to Naknek in early July, in the hopes of starting a program there next year.

While fishermen in Kodiak and Dutch Harbor pay to recycle their nets, Dillingham fishermen can do so for free.


There is a designated area next to the Dillingham harbor for fishermen to drop off their web. Before recycling nets, please clean them of debris and twine, and strip all cork and led lines 


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Have feedback or suggestions of something you'd like to hear? Reach Izzy Ross / Tyler Thompson / Alex Hager / Sage Smiley (in Naknek)

Correction: SOP Richmond Recycle, Inc. will not pay for the material to be shipped, as stated in the show when it aired on July 11, 2019. 

Contact the author at 907-842-2200.