Fishery resources in this area of Alaska are economically important for commercial fisheries valued at over 8 million dollars, as well as a 6 million dollar sport fishery. Ensuring that adequate numbers of each fish species are allowed to spawn   in each drainage is key to this region's aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems.  

Togiak Refuge also contains prime habitat for several other fish species, including Rainbow trout, Arctic grayling, Dolly Varden, and Arctic char. Anglers come from around the world for an opportunity to pursue these prized fish species. 

Togiak Refuge is working to further our understanding of these fish species. Fisheries Research information can be found on our Science page. 

Fish Species in the Refuge

Click on the common names below to learn about the life history of a particular fish species.  

Fish Group  


Scientific Name


Common Name

 (Oncorhynchus nerka) Sockeye salmon 
 (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha)         Chinook salmon 
 (Oncorhynchus kisutch) Coho salmon 
 (Oncorhynchus keta) Chum salmon 
 (Oncorhynchus gorbuscha) Pink salmon 
 (Salvelinus namaycush)  Lake trout 
 (Salvelinus alpinus) Arctic Char 
 (Salvelinus malma) Dolly Varden 
Other Resident Species     
 (Thymallus arcticus) Arctic grayling 
 (Onchorhynchus mykiss) Rainbow trout 
 (Esox lucius) Northern pike 
 (Dallis pectoralis) Alaska blackfish 
 (Lota lota) Burbot
 (Coregonus laurettae) Bering cisco
 (Coregonus sardinella) Least cisco
 (Coregonus nelsoni) Alaska whitefish
 (Prosopium coulteri) Pigmy whitefish
 (Prosopium cylindraceum) Round whitefish
 (Cottus aleuticus) Coastrange sculpin
 (Cottus cognatus) Slimy sculpin
 (Gasterosteus aculatus) Threespine stickleback     
 (Pugitius pungitius) Ninespine stickleback
 (Catostomus catostomus) Longnose sucker
   Potential freshwater migrants     
 (Entosphenus tridentatus) Pacific lamprey
 (Lampetra japonica) Arctic lamprey
 (Clupea harengus pallasi) Pacific herring
 (Thaleichthys pacificus) Eulachon
 (Hypomesus olidus) Pond smelt
 (Osmerus mordax) Rainbow smelt
 (Liopsetta glacialis) Arctic flounder
 (Platichthys stellatus) Starry flounder