To get a better understanding of what is at stake when it comes to the proposed Pebble Mine, this August I struck out into the wet, windy, wild country of western Cook Inlet with two other adventurous Alaskan women adventurers, writer Erin McKittrick and visual storyteller Jayme Dittmar.
In early July, grocers and fish markets throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond came together to promote Bristol Bay sockeye salmon during the peak of the Bristol Bay fishing season. This wasn’t your average salmon promotion though. Instead, businesses encouraged customers to eat Bristol Bay salmon as a way to help save Bristol Bay salmon – or “eat wild to save wild,” as Seattle Chef Tom Douglas often reminds people.
When Alaskans go to the polls in November we will have the opportunity to vote on ballot measure 1 called, “An Act providing for protection of wild salmon and fish and wildlife habitat.” You may have already heard of ballot measure 1 as the measure being backed by the group “Stand for Salmon,” and opposed by “Stand for Alaska.”
Major thanks to Jeff Ditsworth at Pescador on the Fly for donating two rod and reel combos to be used as incentives both online and offline to grow our network of supporters for the Save Bristol Bay campaign.
Clarks Point, Alaska-- United Tribes of Bristol Bay Executive Director Alannah Hurley, and other fishing leaders thanked Alaska Governor Bill Walker’s today for his call to halt the environmental review of the proposed Pebble Mine. In a letter to the US Army Corps. of Engineers, Governor Walker requested the federal agency cease its ongoing analysis of the wildly controversial proposed Pebble Mine.
More than 35 Alaskan lodge owners, operators, and guides from Bristol Bay and elsewhere requested the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers suspend its review of Pebble's phase-one mine plan application until further critical information is provided.
Trout Unlimited has been working with fishermen, tribes, chefs, and thousands of others who, together, are fighting to protect the Bristol Bay region of Alaska from the proposed Pebble Mine.
As salmon runs decline globally, Bristol Bay's importance is elevated - not only as a powerhouse for wild salmon, but also the engine for local and international economies, and a world-class sportfishing destination.
We know we stand against the proposed Pebble mine.
But sometimes, it's important to have a reminder of what we stand FOR, too.
Below are the results of the Bristol Bay visioning project.