Alaska Sockeye salmon

Salmon have one of the most dramatic and arduous migrations of any animal. In Southwest Alaska —perhaps the world's greatest stronghold of wild salmon, with all five Pacific salmon species abundant and widespread—salmon drive the region's ecology, economy and culture.  Today, geographic remoteness no longer protects the region and forces that have devastated wild salmon elsewhere are now at work here. In order to safeguard this fragile ecosystem, we launched, with our partners, the Southwest Alaska Salmon Habitat Initiative. 

Photo by Olga N. Vasik/