Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 12, 2019

Jul 12, 2019

The Nushagak has surpassed 2017's cumulative harvest. That means that 2019 has now hauled in the second largest harvest in the history of the district. The Kvichak is seeing one of its latest runs on record, but drifters there could finally be seeing an opener in that section tomorrow. And the wait is over for fishermen who want to transfer to Egegik, which reached its midrange escapement

Credit Sage Smiley/KDLG

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At 12.69 million fish, the 2019 cumulative harvest is the second largest in the history of the district. Yesterday was the first time the fleet hauled in less than half a million fish since June 27. We hear from area  management biologist Tim Sands.

It has been a tremendous season for Egegik so far. It has exceeded the mid-point of the escapement goal range, so the 48 hour wait to transfer to the district has been waived. We talk to the Alaska General Seafoods fleet manager from the district about some factors that might affect this year’s prices and fleet effort during a busy year. 

The Kvichak section of the Naknek-Kvichak district hasn’t opened once yet this season, because it’s seeing one of its latest runs ever. But that might be about to change. KDLG’s Sage Smiley spoke with management biologist Travis Elison earlier today about the imminent possibility of the entire district’s first drift opener. 


And we hear about a spout of vandalism at the Dillingham harbor – the second year in a row this has happened on the same date. 


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