Sage Smiley, KDLG - Dillingham
Chignik’s early run of sockeye this year is the lowest on record, and it failed to meet its lower-end escapement goal for the third year in a row. With commercial fishing at a standstill, the community is struggling to make ends meet.
A loosening of PPP rules allowed fishermen to take advantage of easy loans, but some are saying it's not enough.
An economist says that increased operating costs due to the pandemic, a decline in restaurant demand, and a decline in consumers' incomes has resulted in a huge amount of uncertainty in the salmon market.
For years, Katmai National Park has had a problem with "bear jams." On June 30, the park opened a new, permanent, elevated bridge aimed at fixing the problem for good.