Isabelle Ross, KDLG - Dillingham
Faced with another huge sockeye run this summer, managers in the Nushagak District say they will try to allow fishermen to harvest the above-average sockeye run that's predicted and also conserve chinook.
While the forecast is the highest it's been under current prediction methods, the fleet of vessels taking part is smaller than ever, which creates risks and opportunities for fishers.
Almost twenty percent of Dillingham was vaccinated against COVID-19 last Saturday alone.
So when its owner, Japanese seafood giant Maruha Nichiro, initially announced its sale of Peter Pan to three buyers, it said it expected a loss of almost $28 million.
Slavii is a Russian Orthodox celebration observed by many in Southwest Alaska.
One man died and another is missing after a boat capsized in Chignik Lake Saturday afternoon, according to a dispatch from Alaska State Troopers.
Goodnews health clinic isn’t allowed to give rapid tests to people just because they have traveled, even though the village has a testing requirement for travelers.
The U.S. Census Bureau shortened its count by a month, leaving rural areas - some of which have just 30% of residents counted - scrambling to complete a count.
On the day they were supposed to travel to Naknek, the results for three of the workers came back positive. All 150 of the workers were told they had to quarantine for an additional 11 days, the complaint alleges.
The first Alaskan from the Bristol Bay-Lake and Peninsula region has tested positive for COVID-19. The state has not disclosed which community they are from because it has less than 1,000 residents.
Dillingham has its first case of COVID-19.
Chief Medical Officer Anne Zink said that fishing regions would get extra testing capacity as out-of-state workers descend on the region in the coming weeks.
Bristol Bay groups want state to get tough on incoming fishery workers, including testing for coronavirus before they arrive
“If the fishery is allowed to go forward without these measures ... the consequences will be devastating and generational,” the group's letter says.
Naknek Native Village Council joined in Dillingham's call for cancelling the 2020 Bristol Bay fishing season.
Icicle Seafoods says its floating processor will ensure that crew don't interact in the community and inadvertently spread the coronavirus.
Newhalen, New Stuyahok, Igiugig and Perryville have all suspended travel for non-community members until further notice.
The Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation held a public meeting Tuesday to discuss its healthcare services in Dillingham. The meeting came several months after the Curyung Tribe said it was withdrawing from BBAHC because of its concerns about patient care and the corporation’s administration.
Parishioners carry the star from house to house and community to community. That tradition has changed over the years, as dog-sleds were replaced by snow-gos, which were eventually replaced by air travel.
Over 500 vendors exhibited at the 2019 Pacific Marine Expo in Seattle in late November — the place to be for commercial fishermen, processors and small businesses.