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Fishing in Alaska

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Did You Know

Pink salmon, also called humpys because of a distinct hump that forms during spawning season, have the shortest life cycle of Alaska salmon species. Once they emerge from the gravel they migrate to the sea and return to span around eighteen months later.

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.