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Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 31, 2020

It’s the final Bristol Bay Fisheries Report of the season! A few stories about community on our last evening together. The bay smashed expectations this season — the total run is the fifth largest ever recorded. We see how the districts measure up in the last daily run summary of the season. >click to read<10:12

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 29, 2020

In the penultimate episode of the season, we take a look at the beating heart of our show — commercial fishing. We parse through updates on federal and state relief funding for fishermen, perspectives on the Naknek-Kvichak’s huge year, and a final look at the market. >click to read< 08:11

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 24, 2020

A lull in returns today at 468,000 fish, the daily harvest bay-wide was about half what it was the day before. The total run is 55.9 million fish, about half a million away from last year’s. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has released the final environmental review for the proposed Pebble Mine. A Seattle-based seafood processor will pay out more than $440,000 to workers at a Bristol Bay cannery, the result of a settlement after the company was sued in June. “We think that it is a fair and just compensation for the workers that were held for 12 days at a hotel without being paid,” said Jonathan Davis, a managing partner of the San Francisco-based Arns Law Firm, which filed the lawsuit. The firm took on the case pro bono, so it will not receive any compensation for its work. The processor, North Pacific Seafoods, was sued for false imprisonment and failing to pay the workers, among other charges.  >click to read< 15:30

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 20, 2020

At 52.6 million, the total bay-wide run is now almost four million above the preseason forecast. It’s also more than a million fish over where it was at this point last year! Almost half of the total run is in the Naknek-Kvichak — at 23 million fish, that district has seen the largest run in the bay, followed by Egegik, at 13.9 million fish. All rivers except Togiak have reached or exceeded their escapement goals. >click to read< 13:08

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 13, 2020

Baywide daily harvest dropped below 2 million for the first time since July 4th. The total harvest is over halfway to the pre-season forecast swimming in at 25.2 million fish. Total escapement throughout the bay is now just over 12 million, and has now passed the pre-season escapement forecast. The total run in Bristol Bay so far this season is 38.4 million fish.  Average fish per drift delivery was below 1,000 in every district of the bay yesterday.  >click to read< 09:48

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 11, 2020

The run in Bristol Bay is over 30 million fish, 30.8 million to be exact. Total harvest baywide was 2.1 million yesterday, bringing the season’s harvest in Bristol Bay to 20.9 million fish. Total escapement so far this season across the bay is 8.8 million. Fish per drift delivery saw a bit of a swing yesterday. Ugashik fishers averaged over 2,500 fish per delivery, the Naknek-Kvichak saw an average of over 1,000 fish per drift delivery, but other districts were between 180 and 700 fish per delivery. audio report, Messages to the fleet,  >click to read< 17:26

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 7, 2020

We have the first million-fish catch day in the bay! Egegik harvested 1 million and 30 thousand fish, and the Naknek-Kvichak district and the Nushagak both had harvests over 950,000.  The total run across the bay jumped by 4 million fish yesterday, to 15.5 million fish. With respect to Egegik’s big catch yesterday, Egegik management biologist Aaron Tiernan had this to say in an email, “Wow! That was impressive. Based on Port Moller, there is still a good amount of fish to come.”,, A boat sinks in the Nushagak district.,, “I have never picked so much fish in my life in one opener” – Nushagak drifter describes a big opener. >click to read< 14:13

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 6, 2020

The run is late this year, but it’s ramping way up across the bay. The total run passed 11 million fish yesterday, with some of the biggest harvests we’ve seen yet this season in 3 of the bay’s districts.  Total run in the bay jumped by over 3 million fish yesterday, to almost 11.5 million. Total catch bay-wide is 8.4 million, total escapement is 2.5 million, and there are an estimated 515,000 fish in-river in the bay’s combined rivers. Fish per delivery from the drift boats also jumped by an average of 500 fish per delivery bay-wide. All the districts that fished yesterday delivered more than 1,100 fish per delivery yesterday, and in Ugashik… that number was almost 2,000 fish per delivery. audio, report, >click to read< 14:39

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 5, 2020

The total harvest for the bay is around 1.2 million, as of yesterday. Taking a look across the bay, the total run is at around 8.5 million. The numbers seem to be picking up on the eastside again. The Nushagak district’s daily harvest was 165,000 yesterday, bringing the season’s harvest to 2.6 million. That was harvested 4% by Igushik set-netters, 26% from Nushagak set netters, and 70% from drifters. In the full Nushagak district, daily escapement was 36,800 yesterday. That makes the total escapement across the Nushagak district 1,056,000 Breaking that down by river system… audio, >click to read/listen< 14:57

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 4, 2020

A big bump of fish hit the Naknek-Kvichak and Egegik yesterday — those fleets caught most of the bay’s daily harvest of nearly 1.2 million. Total harvest around the bay is now approaching 5 million. Escapement yesterday was 140,000, and 1.8 million fish have escaped around the bay this season. The total run is at around 6.8 million. The Nushagak district’s daily harvest was 60,000 yesterday, bringing the season’s harvest to,,, Breaking that down by river system, audio report, >click to read< 07:25

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report: July 2, 2020

Fish are picking up around the bay. The run leapt past the 4 million fish mark and is approaching 5 million, and the runs in the Naknek-Kvichak and Egegik both passed 1 million yesterday. Egegik had the largest daily harvest. In the Nushagak, the total run passed 2 million. Coronavirus update (Covid-19), U.S. House and Senate extend application deadline for PPP,Audio report, >click to read< 14:02

Listen to the Bristol Bay Fisheries Report, July 18, 2016

IMG_1234The total run to Bristol Bay through Sunday is now 41.2 million. Sunday was another two million fish day, with 1.5 million landed and 500,000 counted as escapement. Will this run reach or surpass the preaseason forecasts? (ADF&G – 46 million / FRI – 51.9 million) Naknek-Kvichak Sunday harvest: 809,000 (821 sockeye avg. per drift delivery) Ugashik: 308,000 (1205) Egegik: 291,000 (857)Nushagak: 186,000 (589) Togiak had the day off.  On tonight’s program, Egegik fisherman and BBFA board member David Kopra reacts to a price posted by Icicle Seafoods of .75/lb for sockeye, plus a .15/lb chilling bonus. (Icicle also says chums .40/lb, kings $1.25/lb, pinks .23/lb, silvers .55/lb.) One longtime Trident Seafoods fisherman says his company offered the same for reds. (Like to share what your companies have posted?  Email Dave or Molly or call 907-842-5281.)  Plus, FRI’s Curry Cunningham breaks down the district runs, and weighs in on what tail that Naknek Kvichak district may, or may not, see this week. Listen to the report here 10:59

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report July 23, 2015

 There’s an emergency Board of Fisheries meeting tomorrow to discuss who can fish in the Togiak District when, and what’s coming for the Bristol Bay meeting later this fall, plus – more fishermen unhappy about prices. Listen to the Bristol Bay Fisheries Report here 23:11

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report July 17, 2015

pushed to the limitThe fishery is usually winding down this time of year, but  folks on the east side say catches – and the wind – is going strong. Area Managers Travis Elison and Paul Salomone talk about fishing in the Naknek-Kvichak, Egegik and Ugashik Districts, the port in Naknek is busy, and fishermen talk about the wind and their limits. Listen to the report here 08:15

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report, July 4, 2015

nakeen homepack, bbfr july 4 2015Coming up today, as the total run pushes past 10 million sockeye, Port Moller Test Fishery says the it’s  likely coming in smaller (a lot smaller) than predicted. ADF&G’s Travis Ellison is seeing a bump of fish to the Kvichak River, and author/painter/veteran Bristol Bay fisherman Dick Smith joins us for a conversation about the old days in the fishery, and his new book Bristol Bay Boy. The migration this year has been very odd. However, at this point we must consider the possibility of a smaller run. Listen to the report here 23:13

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report, June 26 2015

Fishing is picking up in the Nushagak and Egegik districts, but the Naknek-Kvichak fleet is still on the sidelines. On tonight’s show, an update from ADF&G’s Tim Sands and Travis Elison, some details on the sale of Icicle Seafoods, plus a run down of the rest of the day’s news and numbers. Hannah Colton hosts KDLG’s Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for Friday June 26, 2015. Listen to the report here 15:36

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report June 21, 2015 with KDLG’s Molly Dischner

bristol bay fishing report 6-21-15Today we hear the news the westside has been waiting for – setnets are going in the water – and take a trip from Kachemak Bay to Bristol Bay. A look at Sunday’s catch and escapement numbers, an interview with area managers from both sides of the bay, and a journey from Kachemak Bay to Bristol Bay. That, plus a conversation about fisheries research with UW’s Daniel Schindler. Listen to the report here 19:03

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report June 12, 2015

Tim Sands joins for a discussion on Westside counts and more on his plan to open fishing at 30,000 sockeye up the Wood River. Law enforcement has some thoughts on how fishermen can help make this a fair fishery. Plus a look at some of the industry spinning up in Togiak. Listen to the report here 10:30

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report June 2, 2015 with Molly Dischner

KDLG’s Molly Dischner has June 2’s Bristol Bay Fisheries Report. Listen here for a conversation with ADFG Area Manager for the Naknek-Kvichak District Travis Elison, an update from Copper River Seafoods’ Bristol Bay Manager Vojta Novak about the new plant in Naknek,  info on the local halibut and herring fisheries, and other news. Listen to the report here 19:23

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report’s for July 4th, and 5th, 2014

Listen to The Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for July 4th, and Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for July 5, 2014 with Mike Mason, KDLG 22:02

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for June 27, 2014 By Mike Mason

The Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for Friday June 27 includes an update on the strong push of sockeye into and through the Nushagak District and a story about the efforts by the BB-RSDA to study a driftnet buyback program in Bristol Bay.  We also take a look at the latest harvest and escapement numbers for Bristol Bay and hear about a project to use photo’s from the fishing grounds to fight development of the controversial Pebble Mine. Listen to the report here 11:17

Listen to Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for June 20, 2014

The Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for June 20th includes an update on harvest and escapement across the Bay and a story about an effort to reinstate the J-1 Visa program for Alaska’s seafood processing industry.   The report also includes a story about the efforts of the BB-RSDA to stop development of the proposed Pebble Mine. Click here 19:45

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for June 13, 2014

Friday’s Bristol Bay Fisheries Report includes reports about the ongoing Port Moller Test Fishery, the recent BB-RSDA Annual Meeting, and a new film about Bristol Bay’s commercial salmon fishery.  The report also includes an update on how things look in the eastside districts. Listen to the report by Mike Mason  11:59

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for Saturday, August 3 By Mike Mason

radio-microphoneThe Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for Saturday, August 3 includes an update on the effort to certify Alaska’s salmon fisheries as sustainable under the MSC label. The report also features a story about new research to track the migration of Nushagak River kings salmon. All of that and more in the Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for Saturday, August 3 [email protected]

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for July 27 and 28 with Mike Mason

radio-microphoneThe Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for July 27th and 28th includes several stories that were not included in the Fisheries Report aired on Friday. [email protected]

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for June 20 and 21

radio-microphoneThe Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for June 20 and 21 includes additional content not included in the Report for Friday, June 19. [email protected]

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for Friday, July 19

radio-microphoneThe Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for Friday, July 19th includes an examination of the large price increase this season in the Bay.   We also check out some priorities for the pending reauthorization of the Magnuson Stevens Act and we’ll explore the controversy surrounding Wal-Mart’s decision to only stock salmon carrying the MSC sustainability label. All of that and more in the Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for Friday, July 19th.    [email protected]

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for Sunday, July 14 – Mike Mason

The Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for Sunday, July 14 includes the latest information on the prices being offered by the major processors and an update on the response to the sunken tender Lone Star. We also tour the Icicle Wood River plant and hear about a new vessel that will be entering the Bering Sea long-line fleet. All of that and more in the Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for Sunday, July 14. [email protected]

Listen to Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for Saturday, July 13 with Mike Mason KDLG

The Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for Saturday, July 13th includes the latest on the price for sockeye this season and an update on the response to the sunken fishing tender Lone Star in the mouth of the Igushik River. We also have a report on Silver Bay Seafood’s entering the Bristol Bay market in 2014. All of that and more in the Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for Saturday, July 13th.  [email protected]

Listen to the Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for Friday, July 5

The Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for July 5 includes a story about the closure in the Nushagak District due to fuel leaking from the sunken tender Lone Star. [email protected]g