News Articles

Following is a selection of recent news articles about Bristol Bay. Click into any news story to read the full article.

Statewide harvest edges over 53 million salmon of all species
July 19, 2011
Cordova Times
Margaret Bauman
As Bristol Bay's famed sockeye salmon run slowed to a harvest of 20.4 million fish, the run of reds in Upper Cook Inlet began to surge, and the state total of all species of salmon harvested to date in 2011 climbed above 53 million fish. So strong was the Cook Inlet run of reds that processors had harvesters on restrictions for the amount of fish they would take, said Pat Shields, acting area management biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game for Upper Cook Inlet.   ADF&G's preliminary catch reports for the week ended July 14 showed a harvest of some 257,000 kings, 5,069,000 chum, 217,000 silvers, 16,655,000 pinks and 30,868,000 sockeyes...
$1 is the Median Take-Home Price Posted by Bristol Bay Processers
July 19, 2011
Bristol Bay Fisheries Report
Melati Kaye
Many processors around Bristol Bay have posted early settlement prices with their fishermen. However these prices are subject to post-season adjustments. Snopac Products is buying fish at $1 a pound—which matches the price that fishermen are reporting for Peter Pan, Alaska General Seafoods, Yard Arm Knot and Trident Seafoods.   Icicle Seafoods said their early price was 90 cents a pound. Leader Creek fishermen said they received 92 cents a pound for fish that had been bled, chilled and passed down a salmon slide.   Togiak Seafoods is still offering $1.25 a pound for iced and bled sockeye salmon.   Ekok Fisheries said they have not posted a price yet...
Celebrating Bristol Bay's wild Alaska salmon
July 18, 2011
Bristol Bay Times
Bristol Bay Times Staff
Celebrating wild Alaska salmon is all part of Nushtival, a summerfest at Dillingham now in its fourth year. Dozens of people turned out for the event in Dillingham July 16-17, with complimentary food provided by Nunamta Alukestai, a salmon cook-off and fish painting.  
Statewide salmon harvest tops 38 million fish
July 12, 2011
The Tundra Drums
Margaret Bauman
After a strong start, with the famed run of wild Alaska sockeye salmon coming in early, the blustery weather continued, but the Bristol Bay salmon fishery has slowed down. The big question is what happened to the 2-2s, the 4.5 million sockeye who has spent two years in the ocean and two in fresh water, who were supposed to return to the bay this summer? While the return of three ocean sockeyes has been strong and health, the 2-2s run has been half strength, said Paul Salomone, area management biologist at King Salmon for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
Bristol Bay youth learn the art of salmon processing
July 8, 2011
Bristol Bay Times
Margaret Bauman
Several dozen youths are getting a real education this summer in one of Bristol Bay's oldest traditions, the art of putting up wild Alaska salmon for the coming winter, in cans, as frozen fillets, as salmon jerky and smoked strips of the protein packed fish.   It's all happening at the Curyung Tribe's culture camp, where Kim Williams and Kathy McLinn, along with adult volunteers are teaching middle school and high school students how to prepare the donated fish for the cold months ahead, lessons that have been passed on traditionally from parents to children at fish camps all across coastal Alaska.
Bristol Bay: The Heart of the Watershed and Its People
July 7, 2011
Official Blog of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Dennis McLerran
Last week my colleague Nancy Stoner wrote about our recent visit to Bristol Bay, Alaska. I would also like to share my perspective about this incredibly valuable trip and our ongoing Watershed Assessment to examine the potential impacts of large-scale development – particularly mining. On our first stop, tribal leaders and community residents from Iliamna, Newhalen and Nondalton, shared their perspectives about their subsistence way of life, the fishery, and the proposed mining activities in the area north of Iliamna Lake. We met with Pebble Partnership executives for an update on environmental studies and mine planning, and flew to the prospect site to see the exploration activities firsthand...
Statewide wild salmon harvest nears 20 million fish
July 5, 2011
The Arctic Sounder
Margaret Bauman
While most of America celebrated Independence Day with parades, picnics and fireworks, Bristol Bay fishermen cast their nets out under overcast skies for more wild sockeye salmon, the bulk of a 2011 statewide harvest of nearly 20 million fish to date. Through July 1, the commercial fleet statewide harvested nearly 20 million salmon of all species, including 9.5 million Bristol Bay sockeyes and crews aboard nearly 1,400 boats in Bristol Bay were determined to bring in a lot more.   Indeed, by July 3, the daily run summary from Bristol Bay alone showed a cumulative catch of 13.7 million salmon, including 5.1 million in the Naknek-Kvichak district, 3.9 million in Egegik district, 3.2 million in the Nushgak district, 1.3 million in Ugashik district and 92,487 in the Togiak district...
Oil and gas spills in North Sea every week, papers reveal
July 5, 2011
Rob Evans, Richard Cookson and Terry Macalister
This article details documents that list companies who caused more than 100 potentially lethal  and largely unpublicised  leaks in 2009 and 2010.  Shell is highlighted as one of the top offenders, who has plans to drill in the Arctic waters of the Beaufort and Chukchi seas, as well as offsore oil and gas development in Bristol Bay. 
One that didn't get a weigh estimated at 466 pounds
July 2, 2011
Anchorage Daily News
Jeremy Peters
Kent Carmichael of Kansas has made fishing trips to Alaska with his dad and his brother for more than a decade before this summer but had yet to catch the big one. "The big joke has always been: I'm the one that never caught the 100-pound halibut," Carmichael said. The joking will have to stop from now on, because the 62-year-old hardware store owner from Ulysses, Kan., blew past the century mark -- and then some -- Tuesday, when he caught a 466-pound halibut in the Gulf of Alaska. Read more:
Alaskans maintain strong links to salmon, poll finds
July 2, 2011
Anchorage Daily News
Laine Welch
Alaskans have a strong personal connection to salmon. We believe the fish is essential to the Alaska way of life and our economy. Furthermore, we rate the health and abundance of salmon as a top concern, on a par with the federal budget deficit and higher than concerns about jobs. Those are the primary results of a new survey of 500 Alaska voters by Public Opinion Strategies for the Alaska chapter of The Nature Conservancy. (The survey also conducted additional interviews to reach 200 respondents in the Mat-Su area and 200 in Southeast Alaska.) According to an executive summary, the strong connection to salmon extends across all ages, ethnicities, demographic and partisan sub-groups, with Alaska Natives and voters in Southeast showing the strongest personal connections. Ninety-six percent of Alaskans said salmon are essential to the Alaska way of life...