Hannah Colton, KDLG - Dillingham
On Tuesday researchers wrapped up a month-long cruise through the unusually warm waters of the Bering Sea. They’re investigating how the second year of a warming pattern is affecting the ecosystem, including the nation’s largest fishery, pollock. Download Audio
New diesel power plants in two Bristol Bay communities were on a list of Denali Commission projects announced alongside President Obama’s visit a month ago. Long-expected power plant projects in Togiak and Koliganek are still in early stages. Download Audio
A drift boat outfitted with surveying equipment spent just over a week in September crisscrossing Nushagak Bay, taking depth measurements. The Army Corps of Engineers funded the survey to plot changes to the river’s channel. They’re doing so to keep an eye on coastal erosion, particularly at the site of the seawall they built at Snag Point sixteen years ago.
The Yaquillrit Keutisti ("Keeper of the Birds") Council will meet Thursday to discuss regulations proposed by the Alaska Migratory Bird Co-management Council (AMBCC).
President Obama began his tour of Western Alaska with a stop in Bristol Bay, landing in Dillingham just before noon. While Obama had sparkling clear weather for his tour around Seward yesterday, it was drizzly and a little chilly for the duration of the Dillingham stop. No mind, say residents: that’s what fishing weather is usually like in the region, and fishing was the main thing locals wanted the President to know more about while he was in salmon country. Download Audio
Next year Alaska will likely see a subsistence hunt of the Emperor Goose for the first time in 30 years. According to a report by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, the Emperor goose population had dropped to 42,000 due to harvest and predation by the time the species was closed to hunting in 1987.
At the Watzituya net shop, Bristol Bay fishermen find a warm cup of joe and a welcoming ear. Download Audio
The collection, housed in a refurbished 77-year-old building in downtown Naknek, features relics of the Bristol Bay fishery and traditional culture.
Twenty-nine reindeer have arrived in Port Heiden, where the village of 100 people is re-establishing a long-dormant tradition of reindeer herding. In a few years they hope to begin harvesting the deer as a sustainable food source for the community. Now, an expert herder and his two teenage apprentices are taking on the challenges of starting a herd from scratch. Download Audio
An invasive species of dove was spotted in King Salmon Tuesday afternoon. It's the farthest west the Eurasian collared dove has been found in the U.S. Download Audio
Many fishermen in Bristol Bay dream of packing and selling their own fish, but challenges. One four-year-old startup in Naknek shows how those challenges can be overcome with some grit, humor, and attention to detail. Download Audio
Last year 16 million viewers glued their eyes to screens to watch a reality show with no dialogue, no celebrities, and hardly any humans. Download Audio:
Aleutian sockeye has found a new niche market through the organic food delivery company Full Circle Farms.
Celebrating the first salmon of the season is a long and important tradition in Bristol Bay. Last Thursday, we turned Hannah Colton around on her way to work because we heard some boys had caught theirs on the beach and were going to take one to an elder. She followed along, and brought this report.