The World’s Salmon Capital.

Located in the southwestern corner of Alaska, Bristol Bay feeds out into the Bering Sea.  Home to Alaska Natives for thousands
of years, Bristol Bay remains home to one of the world’s last great wild salmon fisheries.  

The Bristol Bay commercial sockeye salmon fishery is the most valuable and largest salmon fishery in the world and generates tremendous economic benefits locally and nationally. The region offers unparalleled sport fishing opportunities as well, and anglers flock to the region to fish for prized trout and salmon.


An Economic Engine.

The economic impacts and American jobs created by Bristol Bay’s salmon are enormous.  The Environmental Protection Agency concluded in its Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment that Bristol Bay’s fisheries support:

        • $1.5 billion in output or sales value across the United States
        • 14,000 full and part-time jobs created annually
        • 10,000 year-round American jobs
        • $500 million in income to Americans
        • 46% average global abundance of wild sockeye
        • 37,000 fishing trips taken by anglers each year
        • $61 million spent on Bristol Bay sport fishing trips

Learn more about the economic impacts of Bristol Bay here as well as in the BBRSDA’s 2018 Economic Benefits Report.


Meet the Fleet.

People from all walks of life travel to Bristol Bay each summer to participate in the sockeye salmon fishery.  Get to know them and their stories in the videos below.  You can find more fishermen stories and submit your own at We Are Bristol Bay.

Bristol Bay Dispatch I: The Public Speaks Out on Pebble

This video is from the early EPA public hearings held in Anchorage and the villages of Bristol Bay, Alaska. These testimonials represent a small part of the remarkable support (more than 93%) the EPA’s draft watershed assessment.


Bristol Bay Dispatch II: From One Generation to the Next

In this video you will be introduced to some of our favorite fishermen who make a living fishing the clean waters of Bristol Bay, Alaska.


Bristol Bay Dispatch III: Prepping for the 2012 Season

In this video you will meet some of the fishermen who run small businesses out of Bristol Bay, Alaska and hear from them on the 14,000 jobs and renewable resource that the Bay provides – sockeye salmon.


Faces of the Fleet

Bristol Bay, Alaska: Shot by the fishermen & women of Bristol Bay during the 2011 commercial salmon season, Faces of Fleet provides a glimpse of the individuals, lifestyle and scenery of the region.