Invasive Species — Atlantic Salmon (Salmo salar)
Salmon farming began in the Pacific Northwest in the 1970s. At the same time, Alaska considered allowing the farming of finfish; however, by 1990, it concluded that the dangers were too great to the wild system that Alaska depends upon. The farming of finfish in Alaska was banned in 1990 to protect wild stocks from the danger of disease and pollution as well as the possibility of escaped farmed fish displacing or breeding with wild fish. Alaska statutes currently prohibit any species of finfish farming in the waters of the state.
Atlantic salmon that we receive from anglers and commercial fisherman are genetically tested to confirm their identification, we maintain records on these fish. The following links provide more detailed information about Atlantic salmon in the North Pacific.