Bristol Bay in the News November 14, 2011

A new poll conducted for the Bristol Bay Native Corporation shows continued statewide opposition to Pebble Mine, with 54% of Alaskans having unfavorable views of the proposed project. Less than one in three had favorable views of the mine, in a state where mining enjoys strong support. Compared with a statewide poll earlier in the year, it also appears that opposition is increasing.

In an interview, Tiffany CEO Michael Kowalski called the Bristol Bay watershed “an ecosystem of international significance," and explained his company’s commitment to never use gold mined at the Pebble site. "Despite the best of intentions, the location of this mine is so inherently problematic that it is simply not worth the risk of a catastrophic event," Kowalski said.

The latest numbers from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game show that Bristol Bay’s sockeye runs are the single most valuable fishery in the state, pulling in an average price of $1 per pound. In total the state experienced the third most valuable salmon harvest since 1975.

And, a newspaper in Benton, Ill., profiled a father and daughter commercial fishing team that run a business providing high quality sockeye at a reasonable price to folks from the Midwest to the South.
 
Here's a weekly round up of media.

Poll shows most Alaskans Oppose Pebble Mine Project
BBNC Release
Fly Rod + Reel, Alaska Business Monthly
A clear majority of Alaskans (54 percent) opposes the proposed Pebble Mine project, with fewer than one in three (32 percent) supporting it, according to a recent statewide survey conducted for Bristol Bay Native Corporation…Click here to read more

Tiffany's CEO: How to Keep a Supply Chain Sparkling
Adam Aston
GreenBiz
Sitting in his sun-soaked office at Tiffany&Co.'s Manhattan headquarters, chairman and chief executive officer Michael J. Kowalski reminded me of Breakfast at Tiffany's. In the 1962 classic, Audrey Hepburn coos over Tiffany's 5th Avenue flagship store, "Nothing very bad could happen to you there."…Click here to read more

The Bristol Bay Sockeye Salmon Fishery is the Most Valuable Salmon Fishery in Alaska
Mike Mason
KDLG
The sockeye salmon fishery in Bristol Bay was the most valuable salmon fishery in Alaska this year. KDLG’s Mike Mason looked over the preliminary numbers for this report…Click here to listen

Speakers take Rotarians on virtual fishing trip
Mona Sandefur
Benton Evening News
Benton, Ill. — Benton Rotarians explored the world of salmon fishing from the vantage point of chairs in the Franklin Hospital conference room during Tuesday’s meeting…Click here to read more

Court hearing set in ongoing dispute over ballot initiative aimed at Pebble Mine
AP
The Republic , Anchorage Daily News, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
The Lake and Peninsula Borough will seek to consolidate two court cases aimed at negating a ballot initiative that could stop the Pebble Mine…Click here to read more

Alaska Mineral Production Value hit $3.1B in 2010
Becky Bohrer
Anchorage Daily News
The value of mineral production in Alaska hit an estimated $3.1 billion last year, a figure driven largely by prices for zinc and gold, according to a state report released Wednesday…Click here to read more

“Red Gold” salmon film to be shown in Edmonds

Mike Benbow
Everett Herald
The Edmonds Salmon Chapter of Trout Unlimited will present the award winning documentary Red Gold at meeting at 6:45 p.m. Nov. 16…Click here to read more

Edmonds Trout Unlimited to Present Documentary
Edmonds Beacon
The Edmonds Chapter of Trout Unlimited will present the award winning documentary, Red Gold -- the story of a massive mining development which could destroy Bristol Bay, Alaska, home to  the most pristine and productive Sockeye salmon rivers in the world -- on Wednesday, November 16, 6:45 p.m…Click here to read more