KDLG/Brian Venua

A recent study by the McKinley Research Group estimates that Bristol Bay’s commercial salmon industry generated $2 billion in economic benefit and an average of 15,000 jobs in 2019. The 57-page study was published in February by “Bristol Bay Defense Fund,” a coalition of regional Tribes, businesses and conservation groups that support permanent federal protections at the region's headwaters.

Yes for Salmon hearing to be held in Dillingham

Sep 12, 2018
Avery Lill/KDLG

The public is invited to provide testimony in Dillingham on a ballot measure that aims to toughen salmon habitat protection in the state permitting process. The hearing will be September 29.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report July 6, 2016

Jul 6, 2016

Today's the big day: one of you caught the two billionth on to three!

Bristol Bay communities working on processing plants

Jun 10, 2016
Photo by Molly Dischner

Efforts to launch local processors in two Bristol Bay communities may finally be coming to fruition.

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.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report July 24, 2015

Jul 24, 2015
Tom Glass, F/V Brown Dog

At nearly 51 million sockeye so far, the 2015 Bristol Bay run is the fifth largest on record. 

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report July 22, 2015

Jul 22, 2015
Molly Dischner/KDLG

Bristol Bay sockeye run hit about 50 million fish....and fishermen were dismayed at the 50-cent base price posted at a couple of canneries.

Alaska processors reach agreement on MSC client group

Jul 21, 2015

More Alaska salmon processors should have access to markets that prefer the MSC's trademark blue label.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report July 20, 2015

Jul 20, 2015

Another million fish harvested yesterday, and economist Gunnar Knapp tells us the strange run can mean uncertainty in the sockeye market.

Bristol Bay fishery Monday July 20 update

Jul 20, 2015
Molly Dischner/KDLG

A million more fish caught in Bristol Bay yesterday - and another million sockeye counted at the towers in seven rivers.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report July 17, 2015

Jul 17, 2015
Dewey Hemilright

The fishery is usually winding down this time of year, but  folks on the east side say catches - and the wind - is going strong.

Bristol Bay fishery Wednesday update

Jul 16, 2015

DILLINGHAM: Bristol Bay fishermen netted 2 million sockeye Tuesday, bringing the summer's harvest to almost 25 million. The total run is estimated at 36 million fish so far.

Naknek-Kvichak fishermen had another big day Tuesday as well, with 1.2 million fish caught, bringing the summer's harvest to about 10 million.

At Nakeen Homepack in King Salmon, Amanda Wlaysewski said the surge is a welcome change of pace from earlier in the season - although it means less sleep.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report July 15, 2015

Jul 15, 2015
Matt Martin/KDLG

Silver season is coming, and area managers tell us what they know about the run. Fishermen and processors say it's been a good week in most of Bristol Bay.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report July 14, 2015

Jul 14, 2015
Dewey Hemilright

No more waiting to transfer in the Naknek-Kvichak and Egegik districts, and some analysis of the run.

Wait waived for Naknek-Kvichak, Egegik districts

Jul 14, 2015
Molly Dischner/KDLG

Just three days before it would end by regulation, the waiting period to fish in the Naknek-Kvichak and Egegik districts has been waived, and strong catches continue in much of Bristol Bay.