Iliamna Lake

Jason Ching/University of Washington

The elusive seals that reside in Bristol Bay’s Iliamna Lake have long been a mystery. While wildlife managers treat them the same as marine harbor seals, a new study supports what traditional knowledge has long held – that they are a distinct, freshwater population.

Isabelle Ross/KDLG

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is holding a series of public hearings on the proposed Pebble Mine’s draft environmental review. Three were held in communities on Iliamna Lake. That region – and the people who live there – would be among the most immediately impacted by the project.



Nick Ciolino

The Alaska Board of Fisheries will vote on 47 proposals at the Bristol Bay Finfish meeting this week. Advisory committee reports will be a major factor. At their meetings, the Lake Iliamna and Lower Bristol Bay ACs weighed in on the contentious and recurring issue of permit stacking. 

Big quake brings little shakes to Bristol Bay

Jan 25, 2016
Courtesy of the United States Geological Survey

Southcentral Alaska's big quake just brought a few shakes to Lake Iliamna communities this weekend.

Pile-up in Pile Bay

Jun 16, 2015
Molly Dischner/KDLG

Several Bay-bound boats spent a sunny afternoon in Iliamna's Pile Bay, waiting for their turn to head down the Kvichak River. 

The deadline to submit comments to the federal government about protecting Iliamna Lake harbor seals is Friday at 8 p.m.  The National Marine Fisheries Service is determining whether the seals are a distinct population segment of pacific harbor seals.  If so, they could be listed as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act.

A family of four is safe after running into windy conditions on Lake Iliamna. Gregory Zackar, his wife Renae, and their two kids left in a boat Wednesday morning from Igiugig enroute to Kokhanok.

At 2:20 that afternoon, more than six hours after departing, Kokhanok VPSO Joy Reyneke reported that the family was overdue on the trip that normally takes 3 hours.

Troopers launched an airplane from Iliamna Air Taxi.  By 4:30, they located the family taking shelter near Big Mountain where they were waiting out the wind. 

NOAA Fisheries

The Federal Government is starting the process to determine if the harbor seals that call Iliamna Lake home should be listed under the Endangered Species Act. On Thursday NOAA Fisheries announced that a status review will be undertaken to determine if the Iliamna Lake seals are a distinct population segment of the Pacific harbor seal. The review will also look at whether or not the seals should be listed as threatened or endangered.