A break…sorta


The Bristol Bay sockeye fishery started well and then dropped off well short of projections. 

From an email note from Ugavic this morning:

“Our season has been totally odd. We, as did most of BB, started at least a week early, hit hard and then came to an almost dead halt for about a week. Due to gaps in the test fishery from weather there was no real warning and it spooked all of the fishermen. Ugashik has historically had a two peak season so hubby and many old time fishermen handled better than many, but his wife has not


That’s not to say that anyone is getting to lollygag  , however.

Far from it!

All the hard work during our short Alaska spring to plan, start seedlings, and plant gardens in the cold houses and outdoor beds is starting to yield food for the table .

This short respite  allowed for catching up on weeding and mulching, checking on let’s-see-if-it-works projects like this corn

and taking a quick look around to see what the “neighbors” are up to

What a funny place for a robin nest!

Holy moley! A visitor not seen in these parts for many years…

Fish started running again some a couple days ago :

There are a lot of questions about why the projected fish return  may have dropped off . Margaret Bauman from The Bristol Bay Times, in an article reprinted in the Alaska Dispatch, spoke to a number of  people about what may or may not be going on.

While it may be honest for a biologist to say they don’t have a clue what happened to the projected but no-show 2-2s,  it’s sure worrisome to folks who have a few short weeks to make the bulk of the year’s income.

Sending best fishy wishes to all in Bristol Bay region, especially Ugavic and hubby!


Note to self: Ask Vic the next time she gets a break about how her potatoes are doing. Mine are growing so big and so fast I’m starting to have dreams about Attack-of-the -Giant -Spuds. Since we ordered the seed potatoes from the same farm in the Interior I’m wondering  if it’s the climate in my part of Alaska or the stock…


8 Responses to “A break…sorta”

  1. Peter Says:

    Wonderfull to see you manage harvesting vitamin rich food over there like strawberries. I don’t know the rootplant on the picture on top of that? Can you maybe share the varietyname of those strawberries please. Do you maybe have a list of foodplant species that work in your climate. Anyway I wish you all a good fishing and harvesting season !!! With the largest respect, Peter & Vicky Van Acker – Belgium

  2. Elsie Says:

    Like Peter says, I have the greatest respect for Ugavic, too. The fishing, the gardening, the moose, the robin’s eggs, waiting for the next salmon run but not really knowing absolutely that it’s coming…. That is an extremely tough life for honest, hard-working people that the rest of us down in the Lower 48, or beyond, don’t usually know about or truly understand.

    With Ugavic and alaskapi sharing the news about their Alaska lives back here in this blog, I just want to say how much I appreciate the opportunity to learn about Bristol Bay / Alaskan living and look forward to more news through the season and into the next year.

    “Make hay while the sun shines” was never truer than living up there in the Alaskan summers… except there it’s “fish, fish, fish, while the fishing is good” and maybe “grow, grow, grow, while the sun shines”, before autumn returns in just a few weeks.

    I wish “good eats” (as my old dad might say) to both alaskapi and Ugavic in all their gardening efforts. And may the next sockeye salmon run be all you Bristol Bay folks hope for.

  3. Calogero Mira Says:

    I like strawberries, thanks a lot.


    Calogero Mira- We like strawberries too!
    We are not as fond of multiple links though, even from another WordPress user, so we have removed most…
    Thank you for stopping by :-)

  4. alaskapi Says:

    Peter- it as a Daikon radish.
    When fishing is done we hope Vic has time for a few posts about all the food plant experiments of this year in her area.
    Will have to add what-strawberry -variety-is-that? to top of the list! Beautiful berries!

  5. alaskapi Says:

    Elsie- it’s fun to share what we can grow here with each other and all of you . We are close in latitude, Vic and I , but different in longitude.
    I live in a temperate rainforest
    surrounded by the Tongass National Forest-http://www.fs.fed.us/r10/tongass/forest_facts/forest_facts.shtml

    and she lives on the tundra.
    Our climates are dramatically different as so many places across Alaska are.
    The challenges in growing food for ourselves, as backyard gardeners or fledgling farmers, are many.


    Latitude Longitude
    N 57.534143 W 157.268870

    Latitude Longitude
    N 58.351422 W 134.511579

    Every bit of info we can share or elict from other Alaskans or northern latitude peoples adds to what-we-can-do , can’t-do lists to be used the next season.

  6. UgaVic Says:

    I finally got a chance to come over and take a look at our newest post. By the time the evening comes around there is just not enough energy to do all the things you want to do, like check-in at the blog :-))
    Hopefully in a few weeks to a month there will be time to show off all the hard work we have been up to do these past months.
    The strawberry variety is Seascape, that was recommended to us by another farmer in AK. I do have to say it is great tasting and seems to be pretty hardy.
    On other varieties I am finding that those recommended for the Pacific NW (WA, OR, ID and BC of Canada) work well for us so far. Especially when it comes to tomatoes, greens, peppers and peas.
    Hope that helps and will try to share more about what seems to work and what did not a tad later in the season.

  7. Man_from_Unk Says:

    Thanks for the pictures. It looks like your gardening efforts paid off and I especially like that tote full of salmon. Salmon is good food.

  8. Man_from_Unk Says:

    Speaking about salmon, it looks like the Humpies are going to be weak up here in the Norton Sound. A note was seen posted on a bulletin board in Nome recently, “Dry Fish For Sale, $40 gallon bag”. People with jobs can afford to pay that price. Poor people would rather harvest and dry their own. It’s going to be a lean winter for a lot of poor people. The weather wasn’t very good to dry what few salmon that made it through the Southern Norton Chum Salmon Commercial Fishery gauntlet. That’s an intercept fishery for the small Norton Sound rivers and streams. It’s worst than Area M ever yet the research for marked salmon was stopped. Hidden agendas.

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