Save Bristol Bay Blog

As you may have seen, the EPA released its proposed determination to protect Bristol Bay from the Pebble Mine last Friday. More specifically, they propose to place restrictions on the impacts of large-scale mining of the Pebble deposit in Bristol Bay, Alaska. This is great news!

We are very excited to share the news that the EPA today released its proposed determination for how to best protect Bristol Bay's vast salmon-based resources from large-scale development of the Pebble deposit. Hooray! This doesn't mean the fight is won, but it brings us much closer to protecting Bristol Bay salmon.

Pictured left: The blessing of the 2014 Fleet in Dillingham, AK. Photo by Dave Bendinger.

Alaskan summer is officially in full swing. The summer solstice has recently come and gone, and with nearly 24 hours of light and the fish biting, it doesn't get much better than this.

If you have followed the recent good news around the Pebble Mine battle in Alaska, you may be tempted to assume that the fight to save Bristol Bay is a bygone era. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but I wouldn’t trash your “No Pebble” stickers and trucker hats just yet.

A series of events has occurred this spring, which can only mean one thing: the Pebble Partnership is rolling up their sleeves and playing dirtier than ever. This fight is most certainly not over. 

Scott Hed - Sportsmens Alliance for Alaska

Leading up to the start of winter “show season,” I asked some of our terrific partner brands from the fly fishing industry to contribute a few prizes for a promotion we ran during the Fly Fishing Show tour circuit.  Several of the usual suspects participated – the big brands that have been around a long time and have been reliable sources of support for conservation efforts, including being leaders in our fight to protect Bristol Bay and one of the planet’s finest wild salmon and trout fisheries.

We spend hours tying, wading and casting, often only to give the fish we catch back to the river. We plant willows, build fences and raise money for restoration. We give back to the resources that give us our identity and grow the angling community.

As one of the oldest and largest companies in fly fishing, Orvis is acutely aware of this need to give back. Many outdoor companies have a history of conservation donations, but lets talk about Orvis for a minute, because Orvis is pretty damn generous. The Orvis Company gives 5 percent of its profit back to conservation.

Recently, we reached a significant waypoint on the long, winding road to Bristol Bay Protection but it’s important remember the journey is far from over.


Contact:  Tim Bristol  or 907.321.3291

Today, Trout Unlimited challenged the Pebble Limited Partnership to drop its lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency and encouraged the Canadian mining company, to “come clean with the public, show us your mining plan and stop hiding behind hollow promises and lawyers.”

Even the maker of the world's most sought after jewelry knows that Bristol
Bay is the wrong mine in the wrong place. Today, Tiffany and Co., in
full-page ads in the
Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle and Seattle Times,

Provisions within the Act Could Halt Pebble Mine in the Heart of Wild Alaska
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 28, 2014
Chris Wood, President and CEO, Trout Unlimited, (703) 284-9403
Tim Bristol, Director, TU's Alaska Program, (907) 321-3291   
Rob Masonis, Vice president for Western Conservation, TU, (206) 491-9016
Steve Moyer, Vice president for Government Affairs, TU (703) 284-9406