Economic Importance of the Bristol Bay Salmon Fishery

Bristol Bay sockeye salmon filletA new report by ISER economists Gunnar Knapp, Mouhcine Guettabi, and Scott Goldsmith assesses the economic importance of the Bristol Bay salmon fishery, the world’s most valuable wild salmon fishery. Nearly half the wild sockeye salmon harvested worldwide come from Bristol Bay. The researchers found that as of 2010, Bristol Bay salmon created $1.5 billion in sales value across the United States—through harvesting, processing, and retailing of Bristol Bay salmon—and the additional economic effects of those activities. The fishery supports 12,000 seasonal jobs in fishing and processing in Alaska—the equivalent of 2,000 year-round jobs—and about 8,000 additional jobs, across multiple states and in multiple industries. The research was funded by the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association.

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