Save Bristol Bay Blog

November 6, 2015
Alannah Hurley, United Tribes of Bristol Bay, (907) 843-1633 or
Melanie Brown, Bristol Bay Fisherman and Commercial Fishermen for Bristol Bay member (907) 244-1169
Nelli Williams, Alaska Program Director, Trout Unlimited (907) 230-7121 or


Today, former Alaska Senate President Rick Halford testified in front of the Science, Space and Technology Committee concerning a report Pebble commissioned from the Cohen Group. There was a great deal of misinformation spoken during the hearing and we are glad to have someone there to speak the truth.

Mr. Halford's Testimony is as follows:

Pebble’s not taking a hint. Americans, Alaskans, and Bristol Bay residents overwhelmingly oppose their mine. Yet, they are at it again trying to convince Americans, and now our members of Congress, that they were treated unfairly and should be able to pursue their mine.

For years, Pebble mine proponents repeatedly claimed to have forthcoming plans. In the end, these claims were empty promises – leading Alaskans to believe they’d start a public review process, when they were truthfully waiting for the political winds to change in their favor. In 2010, frustrated with Pebble's lies, Alaskans asked the EPA for help protecting their salmon, businesses and way of life. Throughout this time, the only thing stopping Pebble from the traditional review it claims to want was Pebble itself.

As I stood on the sidewalk in the rain alongside dozens of others and watched the Presidential motorcade drive through downtown Dillingham my heart swelled with pride, thankfulness and wonder. 

One Lucky Day in Bristol Bay
By: Katherine Carscallen

Dillingham, Bristol Bay, Alaska – It’s not out of the ordinary, the Dillingham flight back to Anchorage canceled. This time it turned out to be an unexpected source of pleasure, an opportunity to reflect on the incredible events of the previous 24 hours. Life happens fast. The fishing seasons pile up. The purpose of meetings are blurred by time, words scribbled in a notebook. The latest event or front page story quickly becoming yesterday’s news. Yes, getting another “day in the Bay” was a gift.

For President Obama his visit to Dillingham was another day on the job of leading the free world.  It fit right into his job description of staying up to speed and making decisions on the most pressing issues, concerns and opportunities for American people.  For those of us who fish salmon in Alaska and the residents of the Bristol Bay watershed, the President’s visit was nothing less than extraordinary! For that day the global news focused on our industry, jobs, way of life and dependence on the bounty of Wild Alaskan Salmon.

President Obama in Dillingham, Alaska

Pictured: President Obama addresses the crowd in Dillingham Middle School. Photo from AP