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Five Salmon Family Challenge Program

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game Five Salmon Family certificate program provides recognition to angling families who catch and document the five species of Pacific salmon commonly found in Alaska. Certification in the program requires all salmon must be legally caught in Alaskan waters (fresh or salt water) open to the public, in compliance with current ADF&G sport fishing regulations. The program promotes family participation and certification requires more than one participant. Participation may involve members of an immediate family, extended family or legal guardianship. The program is open to all families (resident and non-resident) who fish in Alaskan waters.

5 Salmon Family certificate

Documenting the catch

Photos documenting family members displaying the salmon are required for each fish. The photo(s) should allow identification of the salmon species, family members present, and be taken at or near the fishing site. There must be at least one person who consistently appears with each of the five salmon species.

If you released the fish, please make sure your photo demonstrates responsible release practices and young anglers near the water are wearing float coats or vests.

Submission Process

Only one submission form is required per family. Forms and photos can be submitted in digital or hard-copy format. Forms are also available by contacting the Five Salmon Family certificate coordinator ADF&G wants to share the accomplishment of families who complete the challenge and may seek permission to use submitted photos on the Five Salmon Family webpage.

Processing and Approval Process

Each submission will be reviewed by ADF&G staff. If the submission is complete and meets the certificate requirements, an official certificate with the family's name will be mailed to the family household.

Please allow 2 to 3 weeks for processing of submission.

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The Five Species of Pacific Salmon

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