ANCHORAGE, AK - At just 37 pages and hours before the start of a holiday weekend, today the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released its final scoping report concerning Pebble Limited Partnership’s mining permit application.
The 2018 season that just kicked off is my fifth season as a sport fishing guide in Bristol Bay. As I grew up in King Salmon, the importance of returning sockeye salmon was apparent year-round and obvious from as early as I can remember.
ANCHORAGE, AK - Trout Unlimited was sharply critical of a memo from Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt, released today, in which he formally asked the EPA’s water office to propose a regulation limiting the Agency's existing Clean Water Act 404(c) authority to block permits for highly destructive projects, such as the proposed Pebble Mine project in Alaska, under certain circumstances.
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.
Today dozens of businesses and fishing organizations in Alaska that depend on robust populations of fish and game have submitted an open letter to Alaska's elected decision makers and voters in support of Ballot Measure 1, known as the “Salmon habitat initiative.”
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.