Summer chum salmon die-off likely caused by heat stress, scientists say

Aug 23, 2019

Salmon have been found dead in rivers across Western Alaska this summer. The largest die-off reported comes from the Koyukuk River, a tributary of the Yukon. Scientists suspect that the summer’s record heat is the cause.

In mid-July, Lisa Bifelt needed to catch fish to eat over the winter, so she and her boyfriend boated to an eddy near her home in Huslia on the Koyukuk River. 

Remembering 1919, one hundred years later

Aug 9, 2019

A century ago, Bristol Bay was changed forever by two simultaneous calamities: The Spanish flu pandemic and the collapse of the salmon run.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is one small step closer to figuring out the difference between how many offspring hatchery fish produce versus wild stock. The department released a second batch of results this month as part of a long-range study. But there’s some disagreement over how much weight the results should carry.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is looking at pink salmon in five streams in Prince William Sound in hopes to answer crucial questions about hatchery fish. The most recent results look at 2014 pink salmon spawners in Stockdale Creek.

Record warm water likely gave Kuskokwim salmon heart attacks

Jul 17, 2019

As record high temperatures swept Alaska, many people said that the heat was killing them. For Kuskokwim salmon, it was actually true. Never before seen temperatures in the Kuskokwim River likely sent salmon into cardiac arrest.

What happens when wild salmon interbreed with hatchery fish?

A drought declaration for parts of Southeast Alaska has expanded to include Sitka and Juneau, which means most of Alaska’s panhandle is officially in moderate to severe drought.

Even though there's been weeks of beautiful blue skies. But fish hatcheries see a dark side to all this sunshine — diminishing water supplies.

Alaska not affected by this round of layoffs

Associated Press

British Petroleum announced yesterday it is laying off 3,000 positions from its worldwide marketing and refining operations. That comes on top of 4-thousands layoffs BP announced last month in its global production and exploration units. However, a spokesperson says this round of cuts will not affect Alaska. BP does expect to cut about 260 jobs in Alaska this year. 


By Ben Matheson, KYUK

The path to unified management of Kuskokwim salmon stocks is uncharted, but along the way, the newly established Kuskokwim River Inter Tribal Fisheries Commission wants  involvement at each step. That begins with tribal consultation in preparations for another summer of sacrifice. The commission’s inaugural meeting wrapped up Wednesday in Bethel.

By Daysha Eaton, KYUK

The Alaska Court of Appeals has affirmed a lower court’s decision that Yup’ik Fishermen who fished for King salmon during a state closure should be convicted. The decision was issued Friday (March 27). 

The Attorney for the Yup’ik Fishermen is James Davis with the Northern Justice Project. He says the court asked the wrong question:

3/3/15 - Tuluksak again without power

Mar 2, 2015

$600,000 need to fix problems caused by poor management, maintenance

Tuluksak residents are now on the backup to the backup electric generator. The state flew out a second generator over the weekend after part of the fan assembly failed Thursday, leaving the community without power for days for the second time in four months. Power was restored Sunday. Alaska Energy Authority Policy and Outreach Manager Emily Ford says the latest failure is not a complete surprise.