Ensuring the Future of Bristol Bay, Wild Salmon, and a Way of Life

An aerial view of winding waterways of Bristol Bay, AK.
photographer Colin Arisman

Orvis is committed to ensuring permanent protections for the most prolific wild salmon ecosystem in the world.

For over 13 years Orvis has partnered with Trout Unlimited and others to fight the Pebble Mine and secure lasting protections for one of the most awe-inspiring ecosystems on the planet. Together with our customers we’ve raised and contributed over $250,000 to the cause. We’ve written letters, op-eds, ads, made short films and advocated in Washington D.C. and online for the sustainable future of Bristol Bay, Alaska, and the communities and industries who all rely on it.

A collage of images of face looking at the camera superimposed on a school of salmon shot from above the water with the words "School of Fish: a Film by Colin Arisman & Oliver Sutro" as well as a MountainFilm Award for 2023.

Indigenous people and salmon have been intertwined for thousands of years in Bristol Bay, Alaska. The film “School of Fish” offers an intimate portrait inside one family’s seasonal salmon rituals and their connection to the Bristol Bay Guide Academy, where local youth are empowered through fly fishing to serve both as guides and also as the next generation to protect the most prolific salmon run left on earth.

A pristine and protected Bristol Bay will:

• Ensure the future of the largest wild salmon fishery on Earth

Sustain Alaska’s $1.6 billion commercial and recreational fishing economy

Support 14,000 sustainable jobs

• Maintain an ecosystem that Alaskan Native people have relied on for thousands of years

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An underwater photo of a school of salmon swimming between the rocky river bottom and the rippling surface of the water.
photographer Colin Arisman