Catches appear to be tailing off at the Port Moller Test Fishery but there appears to be a sizable tail left to this year’s sockeye run. This has led to an updated in-season total run forecast of 38-million sockeye.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has found that Alaska seafood is safe from Fukushima radiation, but a citizen's group plans to conduct a separate study of the water in lower Cook Inlet using a crowdsource funding site.

"The (FDA) results confirm information from federal, state and international agencies that seafood in the North Pacific and Alaska waters poses no radiation related health concerns to those who consume it," said a statement released by state health and environmental officials.

Monday was another big day for sockeye escapement to the Wood and Nushagak Rivers as both rivers have either met or exceeded their escapement goals. The upper end of the escapement goal for the Wood River is 1.5-million sockeye and Monday’s escapement of 158.5-thousand fish put the season total at over 1.7-million. That means that the Wood River is officially over-escaping.

Ramped up testing this summer shows Alaska fish is free of all signs of radiation from the Fukushima nuclear meltdown three years ago. State veterinarian Bob Gerlach -
The results of the testing of the Alaska fish that were just collected look very good. There is no detection of any radiation that would have originated from Fukushima. That was very good news.

Abundant fishing time is in the future for commercial fishermen in the Nushagak District. That’s because of the strong push of sockeye through the District and into 2 of the Districts 3 rivers on Wednesday and Thursday. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.

Wild salmon capture continues growing in the main fishing districts in Alaska, reaching 5.5 million specimens statewide by 24 June.

Tuesday was the first big day of the season for the harvest of sockeye in Bristol Bay. Over 307.7-thousand sockeye were caught commercially to push the season total up to 664.7-thousand fish. Leading the way so far this season is the Naknek-Kvichak District where fishermen caught 250-thousand sockeye on Tuesday to push the District total up to 404.6-thousand. There was no harvest Tuesday in the Egegik District so the District total remains unchanged at 189.5-thousand fish. Tuesday’s harvest in the Nushagak District was 53-thousand sockeye to push the season total up to 59.7-thousand fish.

Commercial fishermen across Bristol Bay are waiting on fish and fishing time as the sockeye run appears to be building slowly. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s run summary for Sunday does not note any commercial harvest on Sunday despite the fact that there were setnet openings in the Ugashik District and the Igushik Section of the Nushagak District. In those 2 areas Fish and Game is precluded from reporting the harvest information because of the confidentially restrictions when there are less than 3 processors buying fish.

Bristol Bay’s massive sockeye fishery has been slow to build in recent days but Wednesday’s commercial sockeye harvest topped 81-thousand fish. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.

The first genetic data from the ongoing Port Moller Test Fishery shows big percentages for sockeye bound for the Egegik and Wood Rivers. The stock composition estimates cover the 258 sockeye taken as part of the ongoing Port Moller Test Fishery from June 10th to the 15th. Figuring in a 6 to 9 travel time puts those fish in Bristol Bay’s 5 inshore fishing districts over the next few days.