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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.

The University of Washington’s “Fisheries Research Institute” has revised its forecast down for Bristol Bay’s massive sockeye salmon run. The University of Washington has been studying the sockeye run to Bristol Bay since the 1940’s and they closely follow the run as it develops each June.

Fish Distribution Modeling in Bristol Bay

Dec 31, 2013

A handful of researchers are planning to continue collecting data in the Bristol Bay region this year. That goal is to expand the baseline knowledge about what habitats are used by fish. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.

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This year’s sockeye salmon run to Bristol Bay came in at 23-million fish. Next year’s run could potentially be significantly larger according to a forecast that was released last week. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for June 28

Jun 28, 2013

The June 28th edition of the Bristol Bay Fisheries Report includes a story about Walmart's decision to only stock frozen salmon that have the MSC sustainability label. There is also a story about the latest in-season forecast from the University of Washington's "Fisheries Research Institute". The "Bristol Bay Fisheries Report" is hosted by KDLG News Director Mike Mason.