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THE BRISTOL BAY COMMERCIAL SALMON FISHERY CONSISTS OF APPROXIMATELY 2,000 SMALL BUSINESSES EMPLOYING 8,000 FISHERMEN WHO HAIL FROM ALASKA AND NEARLY EVERY OTHER U.S. STATE.
Each boat represents a private, independent business that employs an additional 3-4 crew members, meaning 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 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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