Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: June 30, 2019

Jun 30, 2019

Welcome to this weekend numbers edition of the Bristol Bay Fisheries Report. Heading into July, total catch is now over 4 million in the Nushagak and over 2 million in Egegik.

Boats in the Nushagak District on June 24, 2019.
Credit Alex Hager / KDLG

Welcome to this weekend numbers edition of the Bristol Bay Fisheries Report. Heading into July, total catch is now over 4 million in the Nushagak and over 2 million in Egegik.

 

 


On the west side, the day’s catch in the Nushagak was 685,000, pushing the cumulative up to 4.06 million. Escapement in the Nushagak was 105,700 across the three rivers, with 71,000 in the Wood, 31,000 in the Nushagak River, and 3,600 in the Igushik. Total escapement so far in the district is 837,800.

 

There was no fishing in the Togiak  -- so the cumulative there will stay at 21,100. 

The tower on the Wood River counted 71,100 yesterday for a cumulative of 578,700. 3,600 made it past the Igushik for a cumulative of 15,900.

The Nushagak River sonar recorded 31,000 sockeye yesterday, which brings the cumulative up to 243,100. Also at the Nushagak sonar yesterday, there were 773 chinook, pushing the king cumulative up to 33,500.

On the east side, the Naknek-Kvichack district had a catch of 248,000 yesterday, making the cumulative there 658,000. The day’s escapement was 47,200 for a cumulative of 313,800. Breaking yesterday’s escapement down by river -- 46,000 made it up the Naknek, 350 up the Kvichak, and 800 up the Alagnak. The district’s in-river estimate is 5,000.

In the Egegik district, yesterday’s catch was 483,000 as part of a season cumulative of 2.06 million. Escapement there was 32,400, with a cumulative escapement of 417,700. The Egegik in-river estimate is 30,000.

Finally, in the Ugashik, there was no catch yesterday, keeping the cumulative up to 44,000. Escapement was 2,900, pushing the cumulative escapement total to 4,000. The Ugashik in-river estimate is 5,000.

Turning now to vessel registration numbers, in the Nushagak -- there are 832 vessels as of 9 AM today and there’ll be 835 at the same time Tuesday morning. The district will gain three vessels, going from 634 to 637, and keep the same number of D-Boats at 198.

Also on the west side, the Togiak stays the same into the new week, with 34 Permits and 34 Vessels. Still no D-boats.

As far as the East Side is concerned, Egegik is seeing the biggest changes in registration. The district had 448 permits this morning, which will increase to 460 by Tuesday. And the number of vessels there will go up from 346 to 354. The number of D-Boats in that district will go from 102 to 106 in the next 48 hours.

Some small increases in Naknek-Kvichak registration. The permit count there goes up from 334 to 336 by Tuesday morning. The number of vessels in the district goes from 282 to 284. It’ll also add a D-boat, going from 51 to 52.

Finally for registration… The Ugashik seeing some increases as well. 36 permits today will climb to 45 for Monday morning. The number of vessels will go from 36 to 38, and a single D-boat will join, going from 8 to 9.

 

We’ve got the latest numbers from over at the Chignik Weir.

Yesterday, they got 16,391 reds, bringing the season cumulative to 176,500.

Moving on to Area M now. As of yesterday’s count, the South Peninsula is up to 646,800 sockeye so far this season, and 8.8 million cumulative pinks.

On the North Peninsula, Area M has a total sockeye harvest of 375,500. 

And to round out the numbers now, let’s take a look at the latest from Port Moller with yesterday’s catch update, age composition numbers, and stock composition numbers.

Station 2 caught one fish in the four and a half inch mesh, and 9 in the five and an eighth inch mesh for a catch index of 30.

Station 4 caught zero in the four and a half and got 3 in the five and an eighth, making the catch index 7.

Station 6 had 8 in the four and a half and 9 in the five and an eighth, for a catch index of 41.

Station 8 got 40 in the four and a half and 46 in the five and an eighth for a catch index of 161.

Station 10 had 24 in the four and a half and 16 in the five and an eighth, putting the catch index at 75.

Station 12 got 15 in the four and a half and 22 in the five and an eighth, making the catch index 79.

Station 14 got 20 fish in the four and a half and 20 in the five and an eighth for a catch index of 89.

Station 16 got 11 fish in the four and a half and 11 in the five and an eighth for a catch index of 55.

Station 18 had 33 in the four and a half and 22 in the five and an eighth, making the catch index 122.

Station 9 got 17 in the four and a half and 2 in the five and an eighth, putting the catch index at 65.

Station 22 had 6 in the four and a half and 6 in the five and an eighth, making the catch index 29.

And finally station 24 got 10 fish in the four and a half and 13in the five and an eighth, making the catch index 58.

In the most up-to-date age composition numbers from Port Moller… They’ve seen 62% one-twos, 33% one-threes, and just about 4% two-twos so far this season.

The folks at Port Moller also have the fourth round of stock composition data from the test fishery. From June 25-26 across stations 2-24, here are the numbers.

The Egegik is getting the biggest share, at 39.4%

Followed by the Wood River with 25%

The Nushagak is getting 19.8%

12.6% are going to the Naknek

1.7% headed for the Alagnak

And less than one percent to each of the other rivers.