Bristol Bay


Yup’ik, Dena’ina and Alutiiq people have lived in Bristol Bay for thousands of years, continuing our sacred ways of life on our ancestral lands and waters. Our cultures are intrinsically tied to the health and wellbeing of our watershed and all the life it sustains. Bristol Bay is a large geographical area, around the size of Ohio, with 31 federally-recognized Tribes calling the vast region from Lake Iliamna to the Alaska Peninsula home. The region has more than 30 communities that collectively are home to around 7,000 year-round residents. The region’s population about doubles seasonally due to the summer recreational, sport, and commercial fisheries.

Bristol Bay is home to one of the world’s last great wild salmon ecosystems, the largest sockeye salmon fishery in the world, and some of the world’s last, intact, sustainable salmon-based cultures. Bristol Bay has been fighting the proposed Pebble Mine for nearly two decades. The mine puts at risk a way of life that has sustained the Indigenous people of the region since time immemorial; a commercial fishery that has been going strong for more than 130 years; and habitat that gives birth to the world’s largest wild salmon run.