Not to sound like a broken record, but 2018 seems to be all about breaking records in Bristol Bay. The Nushagak District just hit an all-time best harvest of 12.4 million, topping last year's record.
Over on the Wood River, sockeye escapement numbers pushed over 4.1 million, making it nearly certain we'll see another record fall in short order.
Looking east though, we may see an unfortunate record on the Kvichak River this year. Area management biologist Travis Elison says it's having its the smallest run in recent history. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced Saturday morning the Naknek-Kvichak district would close to help more fish get upstream. They're moving commercial drift boats into a special harvest area in the mouth of the Naknek River to allow Kvichak sockeye to swim unfished to natal streams to spawn.
Closing Naknek-Kvichak initiates a cascade of regulations around Bristol Bay. It also triggers the closure of the Egegik District and the opening of the Egegik River Special Harvest Area at 8 p.m. Saturday.
Keeping our artsy weekend vibe going -- after hearing live music on last Saturday's show -- Yup'ik painter Apayo Moore explains how living a subsistence lifestyle honors her heritage and inspires her artwork.
She also shares an incredible description of her process and inspiration for painting "Our Way of Life" -- a work commissioned as a gift for President Barack Obama when he declared Bristol Bay off-limits to oil and gas drilling at the end of 2014.
Also on Saturday's show -- shockingly, no messages to the fleet. Come on, guys -- send those to email@example.com or call the station at 907-842-5281. We do have a tricky riddle for you to consider though.
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