Contact: Nelli Williams, Trout Unlimited’s Alaska Program (907) 230-7121 or Brian Kraft, owner, Alaska Sportsman's Lodges, (907) 276-7605 (office) or (907) 227-8719 (cell)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sportsmen to Smith: Don’t mess with fish, businesses, jobs of Bristol Bay
ANCHORAGE, AK – Yesterday, U.S. House Science, Space and Technology Committee chairman Lamar Smith of Texas sent a letter to new Environmental Protection Agency administrator, Scott Pruitt, asking for popular protections proposed by the Agency for Bristol Bay, Alaska to be rescinded. Hunters, anglers and business owners from Alaska to Texas are frustrated with the move.
Brian Kraft of Alaska Sportsman’s Lodges replied with the following statement:
Nelli Williams of Trout Unlimited in Anchorage replied with the following statement:
Over 1.5 million Americans supported protections for Bristol Bay proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency during the four-year scientific assessment and review process due to threats posed by Pebble Mine to the wild sockeye salmon fishery. Over 90% of comments received by the Agency were supportive of upfront standards that would protect salmon from mining within the region based on section 404(c) of the Clean Water Act. Bristol Bay is a source of sustainable American jobs, a commercial fishing industry valued at $1.5 billion per year and a dream vacation destination for hunters and anglers around the world.