Alaska Fisherman

Bristol Bay Fishermen's Association


BBFA is a member-funded association commited to the fishermen and the salmon resource of the Bristol Bay region since 1966.


BBFA Member: "Thanks for all your good work on stopping the proposed Pebble Mine!"

New BBFA Member

"I have looked at your fishermen's price sheet for a couple years. The price sheet is an invaluable service to the fleet. I have recommended to other fishermen that they join as well. Thank you for your work on behalf of the fishery."


News and Updates

Seafood Trade Relief Program

USDA Supports U.S. Seafood Industry Impacted by Retaliatory Tariffs

Salmon fishermen can sign-up for relief through the program from September 14, 2020 to December 14, 2020. Fishermen should apply through their local USDA Service Center. To find your local Service Center, visit The application can be found at

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Pebble Mine would cause 'significant degradation' in Bristol Bay region and can't be permitted as proposed, Trump administration says

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COVID-19 Information for Bristol Bay Fleet

Alaska CARES Act Grant Program

On Thursday, August 6th commercial fishermen can apply for the Alaska CARES Grant Program. A total of $290 million is available and grants of $5,000 to $100,000 may be applied for on a first-come-first served basis. Application period has ended.

AK CARES Funding Program: Informational Sheet and Checklist


BBRSDA's Bristol Bay COVID-19 Fishermen's Handbook Updated 6/8/2020

State of Alaska COVID-19 Health Mandates


UFA Webinar: Understanding Health Mandate 017: Protective Measures for Independent Commercial Fishing Vessels

National Fisherman webinar: Developing Vessel Procedures and Performing Symptomatic Crew Assessment in the Midst of COVID-19

BBRSDA Advisories for 2020 Season

UFA's COVID-19 Updates

2020 Seamar Naknek Store Operation Guidelines

LMI Boat Yard Procedures

LFS Dillingham COVID 19 Boat Yard and Store Protocols

LFS Naknek Marine Center COVID 19 Boat Yard and Store Protocols

Bristol Bay Processors COVID-19 Plans

No boat registration with DMV required this season

Medevac Insurance

Alaska Airlines Update


2020 ADF&G Bristol Bay Commercial Salmon Fishing Outlook

ADF&G Outlook


2020 ADF&G Bristol Bay Sockeye Prediction

2020 ADF&G Bristol Bay Sockeye Prediction


2019 Bristol Bay sockeye harvest blowing away forecast once again

Second Highest Catch on Record


BBFA Comments on Pebble Mine EIS submitted to Army Corps of Engineers

BBFA Comments to Army Corps of Engineers


Pebble Mine Plan Announced--This article provides a good overview of proposed plan.

Pebble puts plan on table





A Bit of History about the Bristol Bay Fishermen's Association.

The Bristol Bay Fishermen's Association (BBFA) was incorporated in 1966 in the State of Alaska as a non-profit corporation. The Association operates under the protection of the Fishermen’s Cooperative Act. The BBFA was formerly called AIFMA.

A Bit of History

BBFA (then called AIFMA) was incorporated seven years prior to the passing of the limited entry law that designated Area T. The board at the time saw no reason to limit the organization to only Bristol Bay, and had members who fished in different areas of Alaska. The word “independent” noted that the group represented those fishermen who owned their own boats and no longer were employees of the processing companies. The new limited entry law sealed the deal by giving fishermen exclusive rights to fish commercially, with a permit license, and fishermen said goodbye to being employees of the company. The new group of independent fishermen in AIFMA was able to continue to negotiate the price of fish and poundage limits legally under the law.

A half century later much has changed in our fishery, however, our basic economic structure is unchanged. The certain need for fishermen to be professionally represented in a number of areas is clear.



Obama Protects Alaska's Bristol Bay from Oil and Gas Drilling

In a boon to commercial fishermen, conservationists and Native Alaskans, President Obama on Tuesday, December 16th withdrew the waters of Alaska's Bristol Bay from oil and gas development, vowing to protect the world's biggest sockeye salmon fishery.

Calling the region "one of America's greatest natural resources and a massive economic engine, not only for Alaska but for America," Obama said he was taking it "off the bidder's block" and would "make sure that it is preserved into the future."


This is an issue that BBFA has been working on for a decade.

Obama Protects Bristol Bay


    EPA's Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment

EPA's final assessment of the potential impacts of large-scale mining development on Bristol Bay fisheries and wildlife, and on Alaska Native cultures of the region.



EPA's Proposed Determination Published

EPA Region 10's proposed determination to restrict the use of certain waters in the Bristol Bay watershed for disposal of dredged or fill material associated with mining the Pebble deposit, a large ore body in southwest Alaska.

EPA Proposed Determination






Bristol Bay: World’s Largest Sockeye Salmon Run

Bristol Bay is home to the largest sockeye salmon run in the world.The 2020 inshore Bristol Bay sockeye salmon run was 57.9 million fish andwas 24% above the preseason forecast of 46.6 million sockeye. Wild sockeye salmon from Bristol Bay is enjoyed by consumers worldwide. Its firm, red flesh and delicate flavor make it one of the finest fresh, frozen and canned salmon on the market today.

Bristol Bay is located in the Southeast corner of the Bering Sea in Alaska. Bristol Bay sockeye salmon begin their lives in the pristine tributaries and lakes of the region. Here the fingerling salmon spend the first year of their five-year life cycle before migrating out to sea. The sockeye salmon spend four years in the cold and clean waters of the Bering Sea and North Pacific. The sockeye salmon thrive on a plankton diet, and attain one of the highest levels of health-promoting omega-3 fatty acids found in any seafood. Completing their life cycle, the sockeye salmon migrate back to the rivers of their origin.