To us at Taku River Reds, healthy and pristine salmon habitat is just as important as catching, careful handling, processing, and shipping the salmon itself. Without this intact salmon habitat we wouldn't have the sustainable salmon fisheries that we do. Therefore, we consider ourselves - and all salmon consumers - stewards of the watersheds that produce wild salmon year after year. Join us in protecting these last salmon strongholds.
Our home is nestled within the Tongass National Forest, America’s largest national forest. Its thick and mighty forests are a tapestry of western hemlock, Sitka spruce, western red cedar, and yellow cedar, providing ideal habitat for bears, eagles, and – of course - wild Pacific salmon. With over 17,000 miles of un-dammed, pristine streams, rivers, and lakes, these waterways provide optimal habitat for the region’s abundant wild salmon populations, which have literally fed the local flora, fauna, and tribal communities for millennia.
Our local salmon and trees share a unique and deeply interwoven relationship; there are literally salmon in the trees! Each year, migrating adult salmon bring back nutrients from the depths of the North Pacific Ocean to the Tongass’ nutrient-poor soil. After spawning in the local creeks and streams, the salmons’ deceased bodies decompose and are absorbed back into the watershed’s soil. This nutrient-rich soil provides critical food for the local plants and trees, which in turn provide critical habitat for local salmon populations. And the cycle begins again.
Just 12 miles south of Juneau - Alaska’s capital city – is the Taku River. The Taku River is our lifeblood and literally feeds our families and local community. Originating in British Columbia, the Taku River weaves its way through some of British Columbia and Southeast Alaska’s most rugged and pristine terrain, eventually flowing into the Inside Passage of Southeast Alaska. Southeast Alaska’s largest salmon-producing river, the Taku produces on average two million adult salmon each year in addition to some of the region’s largest trout populations.
Due to increasing pressure from mining companies in British Columbia, the Taku River and other transboundary rivers in Southeast Alaska now face growing threats from massive mining operations. Help us defend Southeast Alaska's largest salmon rivers and secure protection for America's Transboundary Rivers.