Sockeye Salmon

First Choice
Scientific name
Oncorhynchus nerka
U.S.A. (Alaska)
Production method
Pelagic gillnets
IUCN status
Least concern
Stock status

The stock is considered healthy with no indication of overfishing.

Ecological effects

The interaction with endangered, threatened, protected (ETP) species is unknown. The discard rate of this fishery is moderate but survival rates are low. The bycatch rate of this fishery is low. Negative ecosystem changes caused by the fishery are unlikely. Pelagic gillnets will not destroy benthic habitat.


Salmon fisheries are managed by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) and the Alaska Board of Fisheries (BOF). They have annual stock assessments, ETP species protection management, stock and harvest monitoring, as well as measures to combat illegal unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. Management is considered largely effective.