While most of the news on wild Alaska salmon is focused for now on the famed Copper River sockeye and king salmon, hundreds of harvesters are preparing for the Bristol Bay sockeye salmon fishery opening, which opens officially on June 1.
The forecast for this year’s Bristol Bay sockeye salmon run is about 32.3 million fish, with some 21.7 million fish potentially available for harvest.
The Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association is wasting no time getting the word out to wild Alaska salmon aficionados about the high quality and good taste of their product.
The BBRSDA has launched a colorful new website, www.bristolbaysockeye.org, featuring information on the world’s largest sockeye salmon run, sustainability issues, recipes, nutritional value and stories from the Bristol Bay fish harvesters.
There are detailed instructions, with photos for preparing sockeye salmon strips, sockeye strip tacos, smoke sockeye salmon ball spreads, seared salmon with sesame vinaigrette, party platters, party sliders, sockeye caviar canapés, salmon chowder and more. The collection includes a barbecued plank sockeye salmon recipe from David Harsilla, president of the Alaska Independent Fishermen’s Marketing Association, and a veteran Bristol Bay fisherman.
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game reminds the commercial fleet that during the season, Bristol Bay salmon announcements are broadcast on marine VHF Channel 07A and 2509 MHz SSB. Current fishing announcements are aired on local radio stations – KAKN and KDLG. Regular announcement times that may be utilized are 9:00 a.m., 12:00 noon, 3:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m., and 8:00 p.m., unless otherwise stated. Information is also available via telephone; for east side fisheries (Naknek-Kvichak, Egegik, and Ugashik), dial 246-INFO (4636), for west side fisheries (Nushagak and Togiak) dial 842-5226. The direct line from the Dillingham boat harbor will be operational in late April and is located on the west end of the harbormaster's house.