Is there such a thing as certified sustainable travel in Alaska? Great Alaska Adventure Lodge has been in continuous operation for over thirty years, following a "leave no trace" policy for all of our remote camps, and have worked continuously to improve our recycling, energy reduction and carbon impact. Finally we target increasing customer awareness within our sport fishing, wilderness recreation and wildlife viewing programs. Operating with the environment rather than off of it, we have promoted minimal harvest for salmon and catch and release for all native species for over 30 years.
Wild Alaska salmon stocks are one of America's most prized resources...and the Sockeye, Chinook, Coho, Chum and Pink salmon returns each year to Bristol bay, Cook Inlet and Southeast Alaska are one of nature's most enduring legacies. Great Alaska Adventure's home river, the mighty Kenai River, is the crown jewel of Alaska salmon fisheries. To protect this unique and one of a kind species, Great Alaska Adventure's fishes strictly catch and release for all Kenai Kings, regardless of current regulations or emergency order. Our commitment to protecting all of our salmon returns is ingrained in each staff member. Each and every guide is licensed with the state of Alaska, and has completed the Kenai River Guide Academy- the most extensive and thorough training program for freshwater salmon guides in the world.
In addition to promoting Catch and release for native species for our sport fishing guests and educating all of our guests in the inter-connected nature of species, environment and traveler. Owner Kent John served 7 years as the president of the Alaska Wilderness Recreation & Tourism Association (AWRTA). AWRTA was ((R.I.P.) was a members-driven trade association advocating for the sustainability of Alaska's natural and cultural resources and responsible tourism
In recognition of our commitment to the environment, Great Alaska was awarded a Silver Level certification from Adventure Green Alaska (AGA), Alaska's only sustainability certification program. AGA is a certification program for tourism businesses operating in Alaska that meet specific standards of economic, environmental, and social sustainability. Administered by an independent, Alaska nonprofit corporation, AGA encourages tourism businesses to evaluate their operations and determine whether they use - or could be using - best management practices.
Great Alaska Adventures is also a member of the Adventure Travel and Trade Association a global consortium of ethical and professional adventure travel operators. To learn more about them follow the link. The world summit for 2016 will be in Anchorage, Alaska this September and we are excited to be a part of it!
Great Alaska supports our local commercial fishing industry, and purchases all of our Wild Alaska salmon from a local commercial fisherman who works the drift net fishery (the one with the least bycatch) and targeted species, avoiding the King salmon that are harvested in too large a percentage by the shoreline nets of set-net fishermen. It's not just us that counts on those salmon, that is for sure!
Receive a copy of our exciting 2019 Legendary Adventures brochure in the mail and we'll have our 40 page catalog in the sent to you right away. In the meantime, dive into the online version, and please let us know if you have any questions! Our office staff has a combined 100 years of Alaska and worldwide adventure travel experience, and we'd love to put that knowledge to work to assist your planning.