Bristol Bay sockeye run is an awe-inspiring event. During
the peak of the season, teeming millions of salmon course
through the terminal waters of the Bering Sea in Bristol Bay,
the largest and healthiest wild salmon fishery in the world.
In Alaska, all commercial, subsistence and sport fishing is
rigorously regulated by the Alaska Department of Fish and
Game-there are no exceptions. 40 years of steadfast management
has made Bristol Bay a model for sustainable fisheries. Outside
of subsistence fishing rights for indigenous peoples, no fishing
is allowed until the Dept. of Fish and Game has determined
that sufficient numbers of fish have escaped to their natal
rivers, streams and lake to spawn.
Alaskan salmon stocks are protected by a simple charter: Fish
come first. Biologists monitor some 15,000 streams during
the spawning season, or "run" that occurs during the months
of June and July. When sufficient numbers of fish have successfully
entered spawning areas, we are allowed to fish. These diligent
biologists assure that, instead of overfishing and destroying
our way of life, we will be able to fish for years to come.