Bristol Bay Sockeye Salmon, managed and funded by the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association.

Juneau, Alaska (KINY) – From the waters of Bristol Bay, a Regional Seafood Development Association in the area expects the harvest of sockeye salmon will break records.

The Alaska Department of Fish & Game is predicting that over 75 million sockeye will return to Bristol Bay this summer, topping the largest salmon run on record.

In release from the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association, they explain that Bristol Bay is a world-renowned, thriving, and vast ecosystem that is home to thousands of fishermen, six major river systems, and millions of salmon.

“Salmon is more than a delicious and nutritious source of protein,” said Lilani Dunn, Marketing Director of Bristol Bay Sockeye Salmon. “It is also part of the fabric of life, an essential livelihood, and the foundation of health for Bristol Bay fishermen. This abundant and record-setting harvest is the result of careful attention to sustainable fishing practices. And we are honored to share it with the world.”

The record Bristol Bay salmon run reaches retailers and restaurants across the U.S.

Additionally, they said that consumers increased their consumption of seafood during the pandemic as families expanded their home menus and tried new seafood recipes.

Retailers and food service providers across the country are taking advantage of this record salmon run and will be promoting Bristol Bay Sockeye Salmon throughout the month of July and depending on run timing, into August.

Participating retailers include Wegmans, Whole Foods, Publix, Harris Teeter, Raley’s, Hy-Vee, Heinen’s, Dierbergs Markets, H-E-B, Zucker’s Bagels, King Soopers, Rosauers, New Seasons, and QFC.

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