Bristol Bay is home to the world’s largest sockeye salmon run.
The Kvichak is the number one sockeye salmon producing river on the planet. Number two is the Nushagak. Both are in Bristol Bay with their headwaters near the Proposed Pebble Mine Site. More than 30 million sockeye salmon came home to Bristol Bay in 2011. This is the epicenter as far as salmon goes. Sockeye salmon used to populate rivers in Europe and the East Coast and West Coasts of the United States. Due to Dams, pesticide run-off, over population and pollution, salmon have suffered a massive die off. Bristol Bay still has a balanced ecosystem with millions of fish returning each year to spawn. If managed correctly, even in the 21st century, we can continue to have an abundance of wild salmon surviving in the waters of Bristol Bay. But in order to achieve this we need to let everyone know that the sockeye salmon are in danger.