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…