Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 22, 2019

Jul 22, 2019

The bay-wide harvest has now surpassed last year’s cumulative harvest, with 41.5 million fish. Four of the districts have now passed their minimum escapement goals for the season. Ugashik got more than half of its total escapement this season over the weekend – it’s now at 590,000. 


The red buoys mark where the RivGen hydroelectric generator will sit under the surface of the Kvichak River.
Credit Isabelle Ross/KDLG

The Kvichak finally hit its minimum escapement over the weekend. That means that everyone who predicted a late run was right. We hear from management biologist Travis Elison.


Ugashik’s escapement has sky-rocketed relatively speaking. We take a look at the district's position after a much-needed push of fish over the weekend. 


Igiugig has deployed an in-river hydroelectric generator near the head of the Kvichak River. We hear what this means for the village from the launch ceremony last week.

The RivGen's twin turbines were fitted onto the hydrokinetic generator in July 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.)

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Correction: This post originally stated that all five districts had met their minimum escapement. Togiak was at 119,000, which was 1,000 fish below its minimum escapement of 120,000.

Contact the author at 907-842-2200.