Know your fisherman
The Bristol Bay commercial driftnet salmon fishery is made up of 1,800 permit holders who hail from 37 states across the United States. Each boat represents a private, independent business, and each boat employs an additional 3-4 crew members, meaning that Bristol Bay’s salmon fishery is over 7,000 jobs strong just on deck, not to mention the over 7,000 more jobs it supplies in this rural region of Alaska.
A national treasure
Bristol Bay is the world’s most valuable remaining wild salmon fishery and Bristol Bay fishermen take care of the salmon because they know the salmon take care of them. Each year, the commercial fishery, which dates back to the 1870s, supports more than 14,000 jobs and generates more than $1.5 billion in revenue. It’s an economic engine that not only sustains the region, but thousands of American families as well.