Tomorrow, August 10 is Alaska Wild Salmon Day!

No matter how people may differ on issues and current events, all Alaskans feel unified on one thing:  their appreciation for salmon.

That’s why Governor Bill Walker signed Wild Salmon Day into law two years ago. Credit is widely given to Representative Bryce Edgmon of Dillingham for shepherding the special recognition through the Alaska legislature.

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Here are some interesting Alaska wild salmon facts:

Of the millions of pounds of fish and shellfish caught each year in Alaska, salmon is still king. By all measures, salmon are responsible for the greatest economic impact in terms of jobs, income, and total value in the Alaska seafood industry.

The annual harvest of wild Chinook, coho, sockeye, chum, and pink salmon employs over 30,000 people every summer.

Salmon account for nearly 30 percent of the seafood industry’s dockside value and nearly 20 percent of the Alaska’s total seafood harvest.

Alaska provides more than 95 percent of all wild-caught salmon to U.S. markets.

Bristol Bay can lay claim to the most valuable wild salmon fishery in the world and accounts for a whopping 45 percent of global sockeye harvests.

Alaska Wild Salmon Day celebrations are being hosted by local groups throughout the state including at Homer, Sitka, Anchorage, Juneau, Soldotna, Fairbanks, Palmer, and Talkeetna.

Festivities include free salmon barbecues, river walks, arts and crafts projects and film screenings.

This year’s celebrations also call attention to an energized movement of Alaskans seeking to protect wild salmon by strengthening the states’ habitat protections laws, which have not been updated since statehood in 1959.

Visit to find what’s going on in the various communities as well as ideas on how to celebrate Alaska wild salmon in your town and usable salmon art.