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Fishing in Alaska

Fishery Information


Did You Know

Most fish have a lateral line, which is used to detect movement and vibration in the water. It plays an important role in schooling, navigation, and predatory avoidance.

Benefits of Fishing to Alaska

Fishing in Alaska comes in multiple flavors. Tens of thousands of people harvest and feast on salmon, halibut, crab, trout, and other varieties of finfish and shellfish under subsistence, personal use, and sport fishing regulations. Connoisseurs of the art of angling try their skills in wilderness and urban settings. Guides, lodges and charter operators provide residents and visitors with memorable fishing experiences and contribute significantly to our tourism industry and economy. Subsistence and personal use fishing support a traditional way of life for many Alaskans. Subsistence fishing provides wild harvests worth hundreds of pounds and thousands of dollars in replacement value at the supermarket.