BRISTOL BAY, ALASKA
Bristol Bay, Alaska is home to one of the most prolific and valuable commercial fisheries in the world. Consisting of 5 managed river districts that include the Naknek - Kvichak, Egegik, Ugashik, Nushagak and Togiak rivers.
Bristol Bay harvests at least 60% of the world’s wild sockeye salmon with an average annual return of 50 million individual wild sockeye, every June through the end of July.
The Bristol Bay Sockeye Salmon Fishery generates $2.2 billion each year. Annually, there are 15,000 fishing jobs that produce $90 million in state tax revenue and licensing fees.
Bristol Bay consists of 20 million acres of wetland, lakes and streams that provide an essential environment for millions of spawning salmon. It’s breath-taking beauty and prolific landscapes also support the world’s highest concentration of brown bears which depend upon the abundant salmon runs to survive.
Bristol Bay has also become known as a world-class sport fishing and hunting destination and most importantly, the home of 3-dozen Alaska Native Tribes.
Bristol Bay, Alaska truly is a magical place.