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10% of profits donated to the Alaska Salmon Program at UW

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Sockeye salmon, Oncorhynchus nerka, spend a portion of their life in both fresh and salt water and play a significant role in the health of both ecosystems. As ocean inhabitants, sockeye are shades of silver and blue. However, as they journey back to their freshwater spawning grounds their head turns green and changes shape, while the red-orange pigments from their flesh move to their skin, transforming the color of their bodies into a bright, brilliant red.

Model is 6'1, 180 lbs and is wearing a size 33.

    1. Light weight, durable, 2 way stretch for optimal comfort, movement, and shape retention
    2. Self draining side pocket with corrosion resistant zipper and key loop
    3. Durable button fly for long lasting comfort
    4. Paracord tie at waist is rot, mildew, and abrasion resistant, and has a tensile strength >200 lbs
    5. 100% chlorine, sun, saltwater and sunscreen resistant
    6. UPF 50+ sun protection
    7. No mesh liner
  • 88% Repreve® RPET (recycled polyester), 12% spandex, giving post-consumer plastic bottles a positive future.

ADVOCATE APPAREL INSPIRED BY Sockeye Salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka)

Close up view of the bright red body and scales of a sockeye salmon, held at the surface of the water in a shallow stream

University of Washington Alaska Salmon Program Logo10% of profits from your purchase will go directly toward the Alaska Salmon Program at the University of Washington, helping to fund the world's longest running effort to monitor salmon and their ecosystems. Since 1946, researchers and students have been spending every summer in Bristol Bay, Alaska, gathering important data about the largest, healthiest and most valuable salmon fisheries. Sockeye salmon are a keystone species, an ecological term that refers to species that are critical to the survival of other species in their ecosystem. From birds to bears, and the forests and communities that surround them, so many depend on the marine-rich nutrients that wild salmon bring to the region.

Sockeye are born in rivers, lakes and streams, but soon venture out into the ocean where they spend most of their lives. When it's time to spawn, they swim hundreds of miles - from the ocean back to the precise location where they were born. For stream spawners, finding the mouth of the stream is only the beginning, as they then must “run the gauntlet” as researchers call it, swimming upstream in exposed waters where they are vulnerable to predators like bears, eagles, and gulls. This predation may seem tragic, but it is part of what makes sockeye so important to the ecosystem.

Vast numbers of salmon struggling to make headway up the river to spawn after arduous journeys from the ocean is arguably the most powerful example of a will to survive that we’ve ever witnessed in the animal kingdom. We humans often underestimate fish in the grand scheme of Earth’s living beings. To some, they seem foreign, unintelligent, and disposable. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. Sockeye are absolutely amazing, full of secrets, and keystone contributors to the planet’s ecosystem. Long term, continuous data sets like that from the Alaska Salmon Program provide valuable insight into how our planet is changing. We're proud to support this amazing program!

Just Keep Swimming - A Waterlust Film about Sockeye Salmon

A sockeye salmon is released after a brief workup that includes a length and width measurement, body condition analysis, genetic sample and the addition of an identification tag.

Sockeye salmon congregating outside of their native stream prior to spawning. The visible tags are deployed by researchers from the Alaska Salmon Program to track where individuals go throughout the season.

An aerial view of the mouth of a stream in Alaska where hundreds of sockeye salmon congregate

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