A commercial fishermen's advocacy group is hoping to make a splash and give the region's fishermen a seat at the table in the Pebble Mine proposal. Sustaining Bristol Bay Fisheries (SBBF) announced its formation last week as an organization with a mission statement to amplify the commercial fishing voice in the efforts to protect the Bristol Bay fishery.
DILLINGHAM, AK – In response to a new study released by University of Alaska – Anchorage’s Institute of Social and Economic Research, known as ISER, members of Commercial Fishermen for Bristol Bay point to findings demonstrating the economic advantages of the Bristol Bay fishery over Pebble jobs. Total economic contribution and number of jobs from the sustainable fishing industry outnumbered offerings at the Pebble Exploration Project. Furthermore, the new ISER study concerning jobs at Pebble cover only a short time frame whereas the fishery can continue employing Alaskans forever.
Backers of the Pebble mine seem to think that the recent election grants them a green light to proceed with a mine that risks American jobs and Alaska's economy. Reality says otherwise: Opposition to the Pebble mine has never been greater or more widespread. Alaskans and hundreds of thousands of others across the country are united in the fact that the Pebble mine is too risky because it trades lasting American jobs for temporary ones backed by a foreign mining conglomerate.
DILLINGHAM, AK – Tomorrow, Wednesday June 22nd, the House Committee on Natural Resources will hold a hearing at 10:00 am EST examining the National Environmental Policy Act’s (NEPA) role in permitting projects where the proposed Pebble Mine will be discussed. Local residents, tribal leaders, commercial fishermen, and sportsmen are frustrated that a hearing that addresses such a big concern to the region would be held during the height of Bristol Bay’s busy salmon season.