News Articles

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

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...
Gulf Shrimp Are Scarce This Season; Answers, Too
October 10, 2011
New York Times
Campbell Robertson
LAFITTE, La. — The dock at Bundy’s Seafood is quiet, the trucks are empty and a crew a fraction of the normal size sits around a table waiting for something to do. But the most telling indicator that something is wrong is the smell. It smells perfectly fine. “There’s no shrimp,” explained Grant Bundy, 38. The dock should smell like a place where 10,000 pounds of shrimp a day are bought off the boats. Not this year. In all of September, Bundy’s Seafood bought around 41,000 pounds...  
Coast Guard, State of Alaska Safeguard Red King Crab Fleet
October 6, 2011
Alaska Native News
Alaska Native News
KODIAK, Alaska - The Coast Guard is conducting dockside exams in Western Alaska and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game will deploy observers aboard participating crab vessels to safeguard the fishing fleet for the 2011 Bristol Bay red king crab season. "These examinations ensure the vessel’s safety equipment is in good working condition before fisherman take to the water," said Ken Lawrenson, the 17th District commercial fishing vessel safety... 
King crab quota cut in half; council may collect more crew info
October 6, 2011
Alaska Journal of Commerce
Andrew Jensen
The highest value Alaska crab fishery is being cut in half for 2011. Alaska Department of Fish and Game released its harvest quotas for all stocks other than Bering Sea snow crab Oct. 3, and the total allowable catch, or TAC, for Bristol Bay red king crab is just 7.83 million pounds. That’s about half the 14.84 million pounds in 2010. The quota was expected to be down, and it’s clear ADFG is being highly...