Summer, Salmon & the Alaska Way of Life

A visual tribute to Alaska and its summertime fishing traditions

The Nature Conservancy works with people all across Alaska to conserve the lands and waters where salmon live and grow.

Ninety-six percent of Alaskans agree that salmon are essential to the Alaska way of life. The Nature Conservancy in Alaska conserves the lands and waters on which all life depends—salmon included!

A flyfisherman wades a river in Bristol Bay.

A subsistence fisherman with his catch stands in the shallows on the east side of Bristol Bay.

Commercial fisherman with a king salmon on the east side of Bristol Bay.

Caring for the sockeye salmon harvest on the Nushagak River.

A popular fly among Alaska sport anglers.

Preparing sockeye for the family smokehouse in Bristol Bay.

A deckhand on a commercial fishing boat in the Tongass of Southeast Alaska works a seine net.

A Nushagak River king salmon.

Sockeye salmon hang in a smokehouse in Hydaburg.

An Alaska fisherman reels in a big one.

Sport fishermen cast for salmon from a river skiff.

Leaping salmon at Brooks Falls in Katmai National Park.

Bristol Bay setnetters deliver their catch.

Spawning salmon in the glacial waters of Lake Clark National Park, a sight that reminds us of these words from “King of Fish” author David Montgomery: “You can take half of a salmon fishery, eat it, and they’ll keep replacing themselves. What kind of a species throws that away?”

Learn more about how Alaskans help salmon.

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