If we had to choose one word to capture the essence of Bristol Bay, it would be ABUNDANT. The history here is rich and has nurtured a culture that is strong and diverse. People hold a deep connection to the environment as they live and breathe the tide, the tundra, the salmon. Life abounds here.
The summer return of the salmon running in masses up through the bay and into the river mouths is a sight to see and never ceases to amaze us. It is an overwhelming volume of salmon- it overwhelms us with energy, overwhelms us with work and overwhelms us with gratitude. This is our job.
In fact, it is several thousand other people's job too. Bristol Bay supplies nearly half of the world's salmon- supporting an industry that includes commercial fishermen, processors, and supporting businesses too numerous to count. The Bristol Bay salmon fishery feeds an economy at the most local level to the global market.