On April 5 and 6, structure fires in the two communities resulted in two deaths, as well as the total loss of the buildings. No foul play is suspected at this time, troopers and police report.

Sage Smiley/KDLG

In a letter to Bristol Bay communities, 11 companies outlined safety protocols for the season. The Naknek Native Village Council, meanwhile, has echoed Dillingham's request that the governor take immediate action to ensure residents' safety during the pandemic. 

KDLG/Tyler Thompson

The City of Dillingham has restricted travel to the community for non-essential personnel, as have many communities around the region. Icicle Seafoods is the only processor operating in the Togiak sac roe herring fishery this spring. And educators around Bristol Bay are having to adjust their curriculums and tackle distance learning. 

Molly Dischner/KDLG

The port’s value increased by more than $40 million, from $154 to $195 million, in commercial fishery landings between 2017 and 2018. In last year’s report, Naknek ranked third.

Lydia Olympic

Sightings of a bear roaming on the outskirts of Naknek serve as a reminder to practice bear safety year-round – even in winter.

Courtesy of the Bristol Bay Historical Society

The Bristol Bay Historical Society Museum sits at the heart of Naknek. But though it is now a centerpiece of the community, it wasn’t always that way. 

Austin Fast / KDLG

As social and environmental changes increasingly threaten those who practice subsistence in Bristol Bay, a new project seeks to preserve the knowledge and voices of Alaska Native women.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 20, 2018

Jul 20, 2018
Mitch Borden / KDLG

Bristol Bay’s salmon run surpassed its preseason forecast Wednesday and hit 54.9 million on Thursday. How much longer will this incredible run keep trucking along? We look into it on our last regular broadcast of the Bristol Bay Fisheries Report this summer.

How to avoid a Coast Guard ticket this season

Jun 5, 2018
Austin Fast / KDLG

Fishing fatalities in Alaska have decreased dramatically since the early 1990s, with federal statistics showing an average of nine deaths a year since 2010. The U.S. Coast Guard is trying to push those numbers even lower this summer with its annual dockside exams.

Naknek-Kvichak committee supports permit stacking

Nov 13, 2015
Hannah Colton/KDLG

The Naknek-Kvichak Advisory Committee came out in support of permit stacking at its meeting in Naknek on Thursday night.

NOAA releases 2014 fisheries report

Oct 29, 2015

The landings are tallied, and the National Marine Fisheries Service says commercial fishermen caught 9.5 billion pounds of seafood in 2014.

Hannah Colton/KDLG

Marcia Dale at Watzituya has been providing nets and moral support to Bristol Bay fishermen for over 30 years. 

Naknek celebrates soft opening of new museum

Jul 23, 2015
Hannah Colton/KDLG

The collection, housed in a refurbished  77-year-old building in downtown Naknek, features relics of the Bristol Bay fishery and traditional culture. 

Fishtival 2015 rocks out while fish roll in

Jul 21, 2015
Hannah Colton/KDLG

Festival organizers raised double the funds to bring more art and music to this year's 4-day festival. 

This weekend’s Fishtival in Naknek and King Salmon was attended by perhaps fewer fishermen than usual, but still drew enthusiastic crowds of locals and visitors. Especially popular were daily performances as part of the Bear Grass Music Festival. KDLG’s Hannah Colton reports festival planners raised twice as much money as last year for a full four days of entertainment.  

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Bristol Bay Fisheries Report July 21, 2015

Jul 21, 2015
Matt Martin/KDLG

Bristol Bay sockeye catches on the decline today - 751,000 landed bay-wide....and next summer, more processors can sell to certain European markets.