Wild Alaskan salmon is a completely sustainable resource. Some natural resources like coal and oil, once depleted cannot be replaced at all and are simply gone from the earth and our use. Some natural resources like trees can be harvested but take a long time to replace themselves, upwards of 50 years and more.
But Wild Alaskan salmon are unique in that they spawn at the end of their life cycle leaving their progeny to migrate out into the vast Pacific Ocean to grow and thrive. The fish return as mature adults ready to be harvested. At that time biologists determine how many fish can be harvested so as to maximize the future harvest. Constant monitoring of ocean, climate, weather, harvesting and other conditions ensure that Wild Alaskan Salmon will continue to be a fully and abundantly renewable resource.
Alaska salmon are caught only in specific tightly regulated areas within state waters up to three nautical miles offshore. They are harvested by fisherman, families, and Alaska Natives, many of whom are owner-operators meaning they are independent businesses operating their own boats.
Every aspect of Alaska's salmon fisheries is strictly regulated, closely monitored, and rigidly enforced. The State of Alaska's statues and regulations control such factors as fishing areas, licenses and fishing gear allowed.
Alaska salmon help to support robust populations of bears, eagles and a host of other species of birds and mammals. The abundance of these predator and scavenger salmon eating species is a testament to the success of Alaska's salmon management and to the important role of salmon in the web of life.