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The state has forecasted a jump in commercial salmon harvests across most species this summer. Once again, Bristol Bay is projected to see a huge influx of sockeye. But there are still concerns about king salmon runs.

Courtesy of Larry Van Daele

Larry Van Daele was named chair in January.  His membership on the board expires this summer, and he won't be reappointed. Van Daele talks about his time in Southwest Alaska and the history of a crucial caribou hunt.

Courtesy of Bryan Reiley

Reiley brings experience as a biologist and technician in several states researching birds, grizzlies and black bears. He recently received his PhD in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Illinois.

  

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Managers anticipate that more people will target moose this season because of severely restricted caribou hunting for herds in the region.

 

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“I think a lot of hunters are having to really think through how to accomplish the hunt that they want to do and do it responsibly," says a Fish and Game official. So far, the department has sold only a quarter as many non-resident licenses as last year.

 

Courtesy of Dan Dunaway

"Ultimately what we want to do is we want to dissuade having to put down a bear and discourage residents from having to [take a bear in the Defense of Life and Property]," said Regional Management Coordinator Todd Rinaldi.

KDLG Fish Report - the daily numbers

Jun 11, 2020
Isabelle Ross/KDLG

Check here for regular updates on salmon run numbers around Bristol Bay, the Chigniks and Area M from ADF&G and the Port Moller Test Fishery.

Sam Gardner/KDLG

BBAHC continues to prepare for a potential outbreak of coronavirus in the region. The state introduced new guidelines for sport fishing this week that will shape Bristol Bay's summer tourism, and the Brooks Camp Development in Katmai National Park will close until at least July 1.

 

Isabelle Ross/KDLG

If ADF&G's 2020 sockeye forecast for Bristol Bay comes in as predicted, it would make next year another in a series of big returns. But some biologists caution that continued abundance could lead to a downturn.

Isabelle Ross/KDLG

The Bristol Bay Regional Advisory Council  led a heated discussion about management of the Mulchatna herd at its meeting in Dillingham last week. It also voted to support four of five regional subsistence proposals and oppose one statewide proposal. 

Alex Hager/KDLG

Bristol Bay’s 2019 salmon run wasn’t record-breaking. But new numbers released by the state show the season was still astounding; the preliminary exvessel price is the highest in the fishery's history.

Fall moose hunt below average in GMUs 17B and C

Oct 18, 2018
Jordan Claar

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is still waiting on hunt reports for the fall moose hunt in game management units 17 B and C. So far, 134 moose have been reported harvested. 

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Biologists and hunters are theorizing that moose laid low to escape the heat and inadvertently escaped the freezer.

ADF&G Samples Moose Heads in Dillingham

Aug 30, 2018
Kristine Sowel/USFWS

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Dillingham is asking hunters to bring in their moose heads for sampling.

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The 2018 fall moose hunt for game management units 17B and 17C opened Monday. The hunt is under the RM583 permit; the bag limit is one bull. The moose hunt for 17A opens August 25.

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