News Articles

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

SALMON: Battle for Bristol Bay, a Resource Struggle for the Ages
December 21, 2011
E & E Publishing, LLC.
Gabriel Nelson, E&E reporter
"The salmon catch still sustains these towns, but today they face a new test. Because of a plan to dig a massive copper, gold and molybdenum mine in the headwaters of Bristol Bay, people here are grappling with a question they would rather not ask: Can southwest Alaska make money from its wealth of minerals without doing harm to the money fish?" Broader than just Pebble, the article also discusses issues such as offshore drilling which poses a risk.
Day in Our Bay: Views & Voices from Bristol Bay Alaska
December 14, 2011
Day in Our Bay is a community-based digital storytelling project that gives voice to Bristol Bay Native Corporation shareholders in the Bristol Bay region of Alaska through a video contest, culminating in a collaborative documentary film opening the Anchorage International Film Festival in December 2011. Through Oct 7, BBNC shareholders requested a free digital video camera to film scenes from their lives (film date was October 15) in the Bristol Bay region. They entered their film footage - edited or unedited - to be considered for inclusion in an upcoming short documentary film.   
Bristol Bay Season Echoes Derby Days
November 17, 2011
KUCB Unalaska /
Stephanie Joyce
10 years ago a Bristol Bay red king crab fisherman could head out for three or four days and come home with a year’s salary in his pocket. After the fishery was rationalized, it seemed unlikely that was ever going to happen again. Until this year. When the season started, things weren’t looking good for Bristol Bay. The quota was cut by 47 percent this year and the pre-season abundance survey showed a continued decline in crab stocks. Some crabbers were predicting this would be the last opener for at least a few years. But as the season progressed, things started looking better...
Alaska's salmon harvest third most valuable in 36 years
November 8, 2011
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) has calculated its preliminary estimate of the exvessel value of the 2011 Alaska commercial salmon harvest at USD 603 million. This makes the 2011 harvest the third most valuable since 1975, behind the 1988 and 2010 harvests, respectively. Analysts expect this year’s harvest to surpass last year’s in value, after final price per lb information is received in spring 2012 from processors, buyers and direct marketers. While the 176 million salmon harvested in 2011-- the ninth-largest amount since 1960 – did not meet the predictions of 203 million, there were high prices for all species, especially pink and chum salmon, which drove the value of the harvest to an outstanding level...  
New stats hold snapshot of commercial fishing
November 5, 2011
Anchorage Daily News
Laine Welch
Over the past six years, average employment for Alaska commercial fishermen dropped slightly, but gross earnings were up, and that's the better measure of industry health. That is the conclusion of the state Labor Department's November Economic Trends, which provides a great snapshot of fishing jobs and earnings in seven Alaska regions: the Aleutians and Pribilof Islands, Bristol Bay, Kodiak, Northern, Southcentral, Southeast and the Yukon Delta. The analysis also updates information last gathered in 2002...  
Shielded by a rocky crust, Exxon Valdez oil still on Katmai beaches
November 5, 2011
Alaska Dispatch
Craig Medred
Twenty-two years after the tanker Exxon Valdez hit a reef outside of Valdez and began gushing oil into Prince William Sound, a U.S. Geological Survey scientist said this week, blobs of North Slope crude can still be found buried in the beaches of Alaska's Katmai coast more than 250 miles to the west and south. The oil, ecologist Gail Irvine said, has become an oil-spill hidden beneath beaches armored with rock. Crack the crusty outer cover, she said, and inside is oil little changed from the condition it was in two weeks after the spill of March 24, 1989. On that fateful day, drunk skipper Joe Hazelwood left the bridge of his massive ship to sleep off a day of partying in the port of Valdez. He left the ship under the control of a bumbling crew who promptly ran it aground on Bligh Reef. Oil immediately started leaking...
Aleutian Region Listed As State’s Top Fisheries Earner
November 3, 2011
Alexandra Gutierrez
The just issued, annual Alaska Department of Labor report on state fisheries says the number of people commercially harvesting fish has gone down over the past five years. In 2005, the monthly employment average was about 7,500 people. Last year, it was under 7,000...
Parnell touts Alaska seafood in UK
November 2, 2011
Alaska Dispatch
Alex DeMarban
Alaska's governor has been spotted across the Atlantic pond from the contiguous U.S. Gov. Sean Parnell is in the United Kingdom this week promoting the state's seafood exports with representatives from the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute. That includes a reception with plenty of Alaska seafood served and meeting with "key customers" of Alaska's fishing industry, according to a press release from his office...
State isn't panicking over ISA salmon virus
October 22, 2011
Anchorage Daily News
Laine Welch
State officials say there is no reason to panic and that Alaska salmon are relatively safe from a deadly fish virus that has appeared for the first time in North Pacific waters. "I would say the risk right now for Alaska salmon is low," said Dr. Ted Meyers, a fish pathologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Meyers added that the state is in sort of a holding pattern, awaiting more information. The West Coast fishing industry was stunned last week when...
Lethal virus detected in wild Pacific salmon
October 18, 2011
The Seattle Times
CORNELIA DEAN and RACHEL NUWER of the New York Times
A lethal and highly contagious marine virus has been detected for the first time in wild salmon in the Pacific Northwest, researchers in British Columbia said Monday, stirring concern that it could spread, as it has in Chile, Scotland and elsewhere. Farms hit by the virus, infectious salmon anemia, have lost 70 percent or more of their fish in recent decades. Until now, however, the virus never had been confirmed on the West Coast of North America...