Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 19, 2019

Jul 19, 2019

The Naknek-Kvichak has surpassed its forecasted total run. Three rivers across the bay have passed the upper end of their escapement goals. Ugashik had its last opener on July 8, and it's still over 300,000 short of the minimum escapement. 


Keil Salmon with his catch in the Kvichak River, July 16, 2019.
Credit Isabelle Ross/KDLG


With some districts still seeing a steady run here in late July, three rivers have surpassed the top of their goal escapement range. The Wood, the Egegik, and the Naknek are all at least a hundred thousand fish over the ADF&G’s goal maximum for escapement. We hear from managers about what that means for the districts’ fleets. 

KDLG’s Sage Smiley spoke to some salmon experts about the long-term effects of consistently warmer waters in Bristol Bay and beyond. 

 At the G-20 summit last month, the U.S. suspended its threat of tariffs on Chinese goods imported to the U.S – a list that included Alaska seafood processed in China. But leaders did not offer a clear path forward. We take a look at where Alaska seafood stands with a partner of Silver Bay Seafoods. 

Aiden Salmon fishing at the mouth of the Kvichak River, July 17, 2019.
Credit Isabelle Ross/KDLG

Catch this program nightly live at 6 p.m., with replays at 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. on AM 670, and online at (With early broadcasts of the numbers Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 p.m.)

Letters from home to your friends and family in the Bay this summer? Email us at or call 907-842-5281.

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


Flying from Igiugig to King Salmon on July 17, 2019.
Credit Isabelle Ross/KDLG

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