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THE BRISTOL BAY SALMON FISHERY SUPPORTS 8,000 FISHERMEN WHO HAIL FROM ALASKA AND NEARLY EVERY OTHER U.S. STATE.
Bristol Bay small boat fishermen hand harvest every sockeye salmon ensuring careful handling and the highest quality. Fishing in Bristol Bay requires endurance, strength and teamwork. Our fishermen devote their lives to the catch during the height of the season from June to July. After 130 years of sustainably managing this fishery, our community upholds the traditions of fishing families before them while taking advantage of the best of what modern technology has to offer.
A national treasure
Bristol Bay is the world's most valuable 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 1880s, supports more than 14,000 jobs and generates more than $1 billion in economic activity in the U.S. It's an economic engine that not only sustains the region, but also thousands of American families.
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